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We reported recently on changes to the “on fire” mechanic in Overwatch, resulting in less “on fire” time for healers. Many players speculated that this change was the reason behind the seemingly more difficult skill rating climb for healers in competitive Overwatch. This situation was enough of a big deal that the team behind Overwatch made a post detailing how exactly “on fire” mechanics work and shed a little light on how skill rating in general is calculated. They assured players that there was “no widespread issue” with the rate at which healers gain SR, but this has done little to assuage the concerns and anger of a lot of support players who feel they’re being penalized for choosing the role.

On Battle.net, Overwatch Principal Designer Scott Mercer tried his best to clear up some misconceptions about the reported issue. He started off by saying the team had recently made some balance changes to SR in the competitive mode of Overwatch. Apparently, players were getting full assist credit for kills when they only shot an enemy once or twice, resulting in inflated SR gains when it came time to calculate a player’s contribution to the match. The practical effects of this change were that players are generally seeing less time “on fire”.

Many players speculated that the lower “on fire” rate was the reason behind the lower SR gains, but Mercer assured players that there was no direct connection between time “on fire” and the SR gained at the end of the match.

“The determination of being “On Fire” examines not just your own performance, but your performance relative to your teammates. The calculation of your SR adjustment after a match doesn’t look at your teammates, but instead compares you to the performance of other similarly skilled players with that hero across an enormous pool of competitive matches. So, we compare your Genji play to the play of other Genjis, Ana vs. Anas, etc. Since we’re comparing “apples to apples”, we shouldn’t see any kind of support specific bias in SR adjustments due to player performance.”

Though the team has insisted there’s no systemic issue with the way SR is calculated, they acknowledged that there may be issues with specific heroes or play styles and that the team would continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

While this answer isn’t necessarily what the healers of Overwatch wanted to hear, it’s good that Mercer acknowledged there might be an issue with specific characters. Maybe there’s an issue with supports and healers people often choose like Lucio, Ana, and Mercy that’s unrelated to the balance changes recently implemented. Regardless, a lot of people are still seeing an SR issues with healers and it’s very unlikely that it’s all in their heads. Hopefully Blizzard can get to the bottom of this issue, or we may soon see a lack of healers in Overwatch – a role that’s already generally underrepresented.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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