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Overwatch 1.5.0 (& OST) Released!

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Some ambient music to enjoy, a few updates to read and a wacky Friday the 13th you won't easily forget.

Posted by AndY on Aug 7th, 2010

Welcome to City 17. It's safer here.
..Or is it?


The following piece of music is an ambience style test for the Resistance team in our Breach level (ow_breach). Please enjoy it while you read the rest of today's news:

Public Release

If you have missed our previous news post (as well as our Tweet, Facebook page update, Community site announcement and all the screaming from my bedroom window), you will be happy to know that we have finally set a date for our public release: August 20th, 2010, which is only two weeks away!

Our closed releases have been going so well that we simply do not have an excuse to keep restricting access to Overwatch, which is why our v1.1.0 update will mark the first open, public release of our game.

Updater Utility & Early Access

Releasing frequent updates for Overwatch can quickly turn into a disaster if both players and servers are not running the same version, which is why we have designed an updater utility which will help keep both sides up-to-date. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the utility and will be posting some details about it in next week's news.

One aspect worth mentioning today is its ability to send updates to different people at different times. We will be using this feature to grant some of our community members early access to our releases (48 hours) to help us track down any remaining issues that need to be ironed out before the weekend. Smooth, crash and bug-free releases will always be our top priority.

If you are interested in taking part in these early releases, register an account on our Community site and come chat with us in our IRC channel.

Friday the 13th

Friggatriskaidekaphobics beware: next Friday will be the thirteenth day of the month! *GASP*

If you are a fan of zombies, brains, Zombie Master or simply love watching random videos that serve no real purpose, you absolutely need to check out next week's news post. We will have a wondrous surprise waiting for you.

Development Report III & Update (v1.0.3)

Development Report III was posted this past Monday. It includes a list of improvements in v1.0.3 (which was released two days ago) as well as a few hints to what you can expect to see in the upcoming v1.1.0 release.

This third update introduced a new sprite-based system for buttons used by the Overwatch (to spawn units and activate traps), faster capturing of objectives when more than one player is in the capture area, as well as a few other game and map-specific improvements.

Finally, in preparation for the next major update and our first public release, Development Report IV will be posted on August 16th instead of the 9th.


One final, insignificant piece of information to share with you today: as a special surprise to our community members and followers, and for a limited time only, anyone registered on our forums can now download and play the mod! Don't tell anyone.

Until next! Stay safe.

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wazanator Aug 6 2010 says:

Having a blast with the beta right now cant wait for more :D

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Uberzolik Aug 6 2010 says:

Just one word.


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Rukus_ Aug 6 2010 says:

Friday the 13th

Could it be adding of the headcrab zombie perhaps!!!

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Spooboy Aug 6 2010 replied:

Thats too spooky for me to handle!

But seriously, this is the best HL2 mod ever.

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Guessmyname Aug 7 2010 replied:

If headcrabs could actually zombify citizens/rebels, that would be *awesome*

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Silence(Sev) Aug 8 2010 replied:


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elite879 Aug 7 2010 says:

I love the icons. You have:
The Crayon for SMG troops,
The ciggerette for shotgun troops,
The popcorn machine for traps.

It looks cool and makes no sense.

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Spooboy Aug 7 2010 replied:

Oh, that's hilarious man.

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AndY Author
AndY Aug 9 2010 replied:

The idea was to test the buttons first, before making them "pretty". That's how our iterative approach to development works!

We have new, "nice"-looking icons ready for 1.1.0! :)

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[.BMT.] Aug 13 2010 replied:

Maybe there should be an optional hud skin download for people who like the crayons and popcorn machines :P

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wazanator Aug 13 2010 replied:

I agree with [.BMT.] I currently like the icons and wouldnt mind them as skins

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audiosmurf Aug 7 2010 says:

want!, now!

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CzechDeath Aug 9 2010 says:

very atmospheric =) I think it fits to hl2 universe =D

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arancione Aug 11 2010 says:

I sense this mod is going to be a major attraction, at least judging from its development approach.
There's no better paradigm than starting simple and then building on it.

-a prototype in place before any announcement? CHECK
-no desperate requests for an entire team at your disposal? CHECK
-famous and beloved setting (at least to start with)? CHECK

I wish you the best.

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[.BMT.] Aug 13 2010 replied:

Well put sir!

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