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New ‘Overwatch 2’ heroes will be locked behind a battle pass

is just a few weeks away and more details are trickling out about what to expect from the sequel. It’s been known for a while that there will be three at launch, the first fresh faces for the series in over two and a half years. But there will be significant changes to how Blizzard introduces new playable characters — you’ll need to unlock them through .

“Addressing some incomplete info posted early about our Overwatch 2 Battle Pass — we’ll be sharing all details ahead of launch, but want to confirm that new Overwatch 2 heroes will be available on the free track of the Battle Pass,” Overwatch commercial leader and vice-president Jon Spector wrote on Twitter. Blizzard plans to add three or four heroes every year after launch.

Spector was referring to details that someone apparently released too early about the battle pass. The leak also indicated that the next support hero will be named Kiriko. Per , a description for the Watchpoint Pack, a bundle that includes access to Overwatch and a bunch of perks for the free-to-play sequel, noted that those who buy the premium version of the battle pass “automatically receive access to Overwatch’s latest hero Kiriko!” The description has since been edited to remove that information.

It’s not uncommon for free-to-play games to paywall new characters or at least not make them available immediately to everyone. Valorant and Apex Legends take that approach.

This is a major shift for Overwatch, though. Blizzard made every character available to all players at the same time in the original game. Players are free to swap characters mid-game to counter enemy compositions, something that isn’t possible in the likes of Apex and Valorant. New heroes tend to be overpowered at first as well. Newcomer Junker Queen has been a dominant presence in the Overwatch League in recent weeks for that very reason (the league this season).

Gating new heroes behind battle pass progression means those who don’t have the time to grind to unlock them might quickly find themselves at a disadvantage. It’s unclear whether players will be able to pay to level up the battle pass, as they can in the likes of Fortnite and Fall Guys, but it seems those who buy the premium battle pass will gain instant access to at least one of the fresh faces.

Blizzard will reveal more details about how the Overwatch 2 battle pass and character unlocks work in the coming weeks. The game will arrive and replace the current version of Overwatch entirely .

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Blizzard won’t release any more new content for ‘Heroes of the Storm’

Blizzard is ending development on Heroes of the Storm. In a brief , the studio said it plans to support the MOBA “in a manner similar” to games like . Moving forward, Blizzard said fans can expect the company to continue to release patches that address bugs and balance issues “as needed.” However, it has “no plans” to add new content to the in-game shop – which, for the time being, will continue to operate.

“To our Heroes community, we say, ‘thank you,’” Blizzard said, noting it will gift a free in-game mount to players with the game’s next patch. “You continue to be one of our most passionate communities, we’re grateful for your continued dedication and support, and as always, we look forward to seeing you in the Nexus.”

Friday’s announcement effectively caps off what’s been a slow death for the Blizzard-universe MOBA. In 2018, said the studio had made the “difficult” decision to move some of the staff that had been working on Heroes of the Storm to other projects. Since then, the cadence of new content slowed to a trickle. The game’s most recently added hero came in . Blizzard’s abrupt decision to end its support of the Heroes of the Storm esports scene also left many pros .

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‘Company of Heroes 3’ will take the classic RTS series to the Mediterranean in 2022

Eight years after its second entry, a new Company of Heroes game is in development at Relic Entertainment. Announced today by publisher Sega, Company of Heroes 3 will take the World War II real-time strategy series to the Mediterranean theatre. As before, the emphasis is on commanding squads of infantry and individual tanks, but new to this game is a strategic map that will allow you to decide how to approach the Allied invasion of Italy. How you plan your moves there will determine the forces you have at your disposal in the real-time battles that follow.

Relic is also introducing a pause button that will allow players to stop the action and queue up commands to all their units. In practice, it looks like the single-player campaign will play out a lot like one of Creative Assembly’s Total War games, which isn’t too surprising given that Sega owns both studios.

Company of Heroes 3 is due in late 2022. In the meantime, fans can sign up to play an early build of the game by linking their Steam and Relic accounts. Additionally, the entire franchise is on sale on Valve’s storefront, allowing you to get the second game for a mere $1.10.

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First Two No More Heroes Games Coming to Steam Next Week

No More Heroes and its sequel No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are coming to Steam on June 9, marking the first time the mainline series will appear on PC. This news comes directly from publisher Xseed Games, which released a set of trailers for the upcoming Steam releases.

The official announcement comes after the games both received ESRB ratings for Steam, as well as official Steam pages, telegraphing their announcement. For the Steam releases, players must use a controller, as keyboard and mouse isn’t supported. The original games were built with the Nintendo Wii’s motion controls in mind, so that’s a major change for the titles.

No More Heroes first came to the Wii in 2008 and follows protagonist Travis Touchdown, who is tasked with facing off against the top 10 killers of the United Assassins Association. It has fast-paced action, cel-shaded graphics, and a ton of style. It later came to Nintendo Switch and even Amazon Luna. A PS3 port called No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise launched in 2011.

Its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle came out in 2010 on the Nintendo Wii and takes place three years after the events of the first game. It later came to Nintendo Switch and Amazon Luna as well.

A third installment, No More Heroes III, is slated to be released for Nintendo Switch on August 27 and is one of the most anticipated games on the platform. It has been in the works for a long time but is nearing the end of its development cycle. The Steam launch opens the possibility that the game could come to other platforms down the line.

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