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Overwatch 2 revealed at BlizzCon

Blizzard has announced the next Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019. It builds on the game’s critically acclaimed multiplayer title.

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More than 50-million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch. At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and builds upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation.

In Overwatch 2, players take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, and new internationally-inclusive maps that widen the scope of the world.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” says J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players can experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players can take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense four-player missions.

The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this mode, players can level up their favourite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play.

To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (Player versus Everyone) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. 

Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. 

More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.

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Narcos TV show gets video game

The Netflix Original TV show, Narcos, has been adapted into a video game for PS4 and PC.

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Curve Digital and Kuju have announced that Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a brutal tactical turn-based game based on the multi-award-winning Netflix series Narcos is available now for PC and PlayStation 4. Nintendo Switch owners will have the opportunity to choose their side on 21 November, with Xbox One entering the war on 22 November. 

Combining turn-based tactical strategy with brutal real-time combat, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels follows the first season of the TV series through two distinct campaigns that offer vastly different perspectives on the infamous 80s drug war. Should you help build the Medellin Cartel’s rapidly expanding narcotics empire under the watchful gaze of El Patrón, or fight against them tooth and nail alongside Agent Murphy as the DEA?

Each campaign has its own iconic locations taken from the show, from Colombia’s impenetrable sun-drenched jungles to the damp streets of Medellin. Recognizable characters from the series each have their own perks to help turn the tide in battle.

“Narcos is one of the biggest hits on Netflix and is a personal favorite of mine,” says Dominic Wheatley, CEO at Curve Digital. “This game will appeal to gamers as well as fans of the show as it mixes the authentic feel of the series with an interactive experience to make you feel you’re right in the action. The characters, the storyline and the history of the cartels are all there – you just have to decide whose side you’re on!” 

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is available on PC and PS4, and will be available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One later this month.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order available now

The highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order action-adventure game is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment, and Lucasfilm have released its story-driven action-adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game follows Cal Kestis, played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), on an incredible journey packed with memorable companions, nefarious villains, diverse planets, thrilling lightsaber combat, impressive Force abilities, and cinematic moments within the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Origin and Steam. Also, as announced earlier, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now available on the Epic Games Store, expanding the number of options that players have to jump into this new Star Wars adventure.

“Working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been a dream come true for me and many people on the team,” says Stig Asmussen, Game Director at Respawn Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to get the game into the hands of fans worldwide so they can live out the ultimate fantasy of becoming a Jedi. We created a new team that’s made up of action-adventure veterans to create this experience and we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm throughout development to create a highly authentic story, cast of characters, and unique gameplay experience that will live on as part of the Star Wars galaxy.”

In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players take on the role of Cal Kestis, a former Padawan hiding in plain sight after the Jedi were all but wiped out after Order 66 was executed by The Emperor. When he’s forced on the run, Cal is met by his companions Cere Junda, a former Jedi Knight, and Greez, the larger-than-life Latero pilot who flies the crew’s ship known as the Stinger Mantis. 

BD-1, Cal’s faithful droid that’s as charming as he is useful, will help players navigate and explore diverse planets including the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk, and the never-before-seen planet Zeffo. Cal and his companions are trying to stay one step ahead of the Empire and his new enemy, the Inquisition’s Second Sister, while they unravel a mystery tied to an ancient alien civilisation that could help rebuild the Jedi Order.

In a time where it’s increasingly dangerous for Jedi, players can experience Cal’s journey from a young Padawan to a Jedi Knight. Cal’s lightsaber and Force abilities take centre stage in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s dynamic combat. Players engage in battle with an array of enemies, from creatures and droids to stormtroopers and elite Purge Troopers to showdowns with AT-STs and powerful bosses. Throughout his quest, Cal will strengthen his connection with the Force, learning powerful new skills which will be crucial in combat as well as for traversing and opening up new paths across these beautiful yet dangerous locales.

For more information on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please visit: https://www.ea.com/en-au/games/starwars/jedi-fallen-order

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