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Overwatch keeps fans coming back for more with its engaging gameplay that rewards players for dumping hours and hours into leveling up and climbing the ranks. As a fast-paced shooter with interesting mechanics, it isn’t difficult for Overwatch to keep its player base engaged. Part of the really cool thing about the game when compared to other games in the genre, however, is the interesting lore and backstory for characters that ties each hero into the larger world. The mastermind behind a lot of that lore – and even the storyline and direction for events – is lead writer Michael Chu. In a Reddit AMA, Chu talked about the future direction of Overwatch and may have even given us some rumors as to a new Overwatch hero.

Michael Chu wasn’t the lead writer from the start, but he’s definitely an Overwatch lore aficionado. Hearkening back to one of the first hero prototypes, Chu expressed interest in the idea of a jetpack cat and gave us his musings over the possibility of an inclusion:

“Until Uprising, one of the biggest bits of story that I wanted to explore was Overwatch before it was shut down, to give a sense of what the organization was like at its height. Moving on from there, I’m most excited about developing and releasing story about some of the heroes who haven’t gotten as much attention, and also the Talon organization.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about jetpack cat since Jeff mentioned the hero a while back. I wasn’t on the team when the original concept happened, but I’ve been thinking that Torbjorn has a particularly interesting cat, and who knows what stuff Torbjorn has lying around…”

It’s possible that a Jetpack cat won’t actually make it in as a new Overwatch hero and that Michael Chu just finds the concept interesting, but the fact that Jetpack Cat has a basic prototype and that the lead writer has found a way to include it in lore may make it more likely that we’ll see something similar in the future.

Though not necessarily related to a new Overwatch hero, Micahael Chu also expressed interest in further exploring the backstory of the Talon organization, Overwatch’s villain faction. He spoke on Reaper and Widowmaker, saying:

“”Like Reaper, I think when we originally told [Widowmaker’s] story, we told a very simple version and both of those characters could benefit from further exploration.”

I imagine we may see more from Talon with a future new Overwatch hero, and more bad guys and the possibility of a jetpack cat has me super excited. What do you guys think? Is this just the lead writer’s unfocused rambling or hints at characters to come? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Read the full Michael Chu Overwatch AMA

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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