Overwatch Insurrection event skins
UPDATE: Overwatch fans have been given their first taste of the new Omnic Crisis in-game event, which appears to be called Insurrection.
Skins and other items have leaked ahead of the start of the Overwatch Insurrection event, which is expected to have a 6pm start time on April 11.
The Insurrection event will finish on May 1, according to a newly leaked trailer, which also features a look at some of the skins.
There also appears to be a new survival-based game mode, although this is yet to be confirmed.
"For a limited time, we go back and offer to relive one of the key moments in the history of Overwatch," a leaked message explains.
"Rally your friends and accompany Tracer in his first mission during the King's Row insurrection.
"Our new co-operative shock or discover the origins of some of your favorite heroes with more than 100 new objects for Overwatch: Insurrection including models, Entries, emotes, tags, etc.
"Overwatch archives have been declassified, but this will only last until May 1."
You can check out the skins in the gallery below…
Overwatch Insurrection: Skins leak early Thu, April 6, 2017
New skins for the Overwatch Insurrection event have leaked a day early
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Blackwatch Genji – as seen in the Uprising comic
ORIGINAL: Overwatch developer Blizzard is about to unleash a brand new Omnic Crisis Uprising event in time for Easter.
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While fans are in the dark about what will be included in the PS4, Xbox One and PC event, we do know that it kicks off on April 11.
And based on previous Overwatch in-game events, the Omnic Crisis Uprising update will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC at around 6pm UK time.
The build up started with a Twitter teaser featuring a video for something linked to a King's Road Uprising event that took place seven years ago.
"King's Row uprising entering into record seven years ago. Security clearance required: confidential,” reads part of the message that flashes up on screen.
This was followed by a brand new Overwatch comic book called Uprising, which explores the story behind King’s Row's omnic past.
You can take a sneak peek at the Overwatch comic below, or head over to the Overwatch website to read it in full.
Overwatch Uprising Comic Preview Sat, April 1, 2017
OVERWATCH Uprising is the comic book precursor to the big update Blizzard is planning for April 11.
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Overwatch Uprising comic book preview
But as game director Jeff Kaplan points out, there's more to this event than a new comic.
"We’ve heard the call that a lot of players want a non-real-world-tied event, meaning they want some sort of set event in the Overwatch world," Kaplan told PCGamesN, before confirming that the event would have a playable element.
Kaplan then said that Blizzard had been listening to fan feedback, before revealing that new story details would drop soon.
“The event is going to be something – when players see the event and play the event, I think they’ll see that we’ve been listening to their feedback," he continued.
“We’ve been hearing a lot of desire for more story, people want to know more about the story of Overwatch, they want to know more about the past of Overwatch.
"I think they want to know more about what’s going on between omnics and humans in this world and how did we get there. I think a lot of that will be answered for them.”
Perhaps even more interesting is a follow-up Facebook post from lead character artist Renaud Galand, who claims that the Uprising update is one of the best things Blizzard has worked on since the game launched last year.
"Interesting," he writes. "I can't wait to share more of this as it is, in my opinion, one of the best thing we have worked on since launch!"
With Galand working on Overwatch heroes, maybe we'll see another new character join the fray, although this does seem unlikely.
Unfortunately, however, it looks like we might never see Overwatch on Nintendo Switch.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently said that the company was open to a Switch port, but admitted that it would be a challenge.
"Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us," he said last month. "But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms."
In an exclusive follow-up interview with Express Online, Kaplan said that Blizzard would have to "revisit performance" to make Overwatch run on Nintendo Switch.
"I think the problem is, we've really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform," he said.
"And also, it's already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we've finally been able to achieve."