Overwatch developer Blizzard teases the release of Doomfist
In an exclusive interview with Express Online, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan didn't reveal the Doomfist release date, but said that he's a character with high expectations and that he'd be worth the wait.
“It’s awesome seeing the amount of excitement for Doomfist,” Kaplan said.
“And Doomfist is an interesting character because he was in the announcement cinematic, so you saw the gauntlet there and I think it immediately seeded players’ imaginations.
“Obviously in Numbani we make a lot of references to Doomfist, and as we introduced Orisa, her backstory is heavily tied to Doomfist, so he’s a character with high expectations from the community.
“I think when the time is right for people to learn more about Doomfist, they’ll be pleased.”
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OVERWATCH fans can expect Doomfist to launch as the next brand new character in the very near future.
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Blizzard has also said that the PTR (Public Test Region) could eventually come to Xbox One and PS4.
The PTR lets PC users test new features before they're released to the wider Overwatch community as part of an update. It's Blizzard's way of testing and tweaking new maps, game modes and balance changes before they go live.
Jeff Kaplan told us that while making the PTR available to console users would slow down the update process, it's by no means a closed door.
"It is possible for us to do PTR on console, but it is a little bit of a catch-22 for us," Kaplan said.
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"The thing that has enabled us to simultaneously patch on PC and consoles is the PC PTR, because in essence what we’re doing in the PTR is trying to pass our console certifications so that everything can come out at the same time.
"Now, if we had to cert PTR, which we’d have to do, it would basically add a few more weeks to the development cycle, and then I don’t know how much we’d be able to react to the console PTR feedback at that point.
"It would be more of a gesture than a genuine ability to test things."
But Kaplan certainly wasn't ruling it out, adding: "The guys at Blizzard who work on our console platform and the guys at Sony and Microsoft are really smart people who love technology and love games.
"And I believe that they’ll keep trying to make it more and more possible for us to do things like PTR."
Overwatch hero Genji is now playable in the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 beta, a part of the big new update.
There are now four Overwatch characters in Heroes of the Storm, with Tracer, Lucio, and Zarya added at earlier dates.
A reimagined version of the Hanamura map has also been unveiled for Battlegrounds, and is a big part of the Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update.
A breakdown of Genji’s Heroes of the Storm abilities can be found below:
SHURIKEN: Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern, each dealing 65 damage to the first enemy hit. Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken's cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
DEFLECT: Become Protected for 1.25 seconds. Any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing 55 damage. Damage Deflected: 0.
SWIFT STRIKE: Dash forward, dealing 215 damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes that die within 2 seconds of being hit with Swift Strike causes the cooldown and mana cost to be refunded.