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1.3.0 is the 2nd major release of Overwatch. It includes tons of new features and improvements, as well as Citadel's brand new look!

Posted by AndY on Oct 23rd, 2010

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What is Overwatch?

Overwatch is a cooperative multiplayer FPS/RTS hybrid powered by the Source engine and based on the Half-Life 2 universe. It pits a team of rebels playing cooperatively in first-person (the Resistance) against one player who assumes the role of commander to the Combine forces (the Overwatch), controlling units and the environment around them from a bird's-eye view.

Find out more about Overwatch by following this link, looking at these images and watching the trailers on this page.

What's New in 1.3.0?

1.3.0 is the second major update since our initial public release. It features a complete overhaul of Citadel's visuals (see video below) and introduces some great new features, such as player "Roles" and NPC "Abilities". Take a look at some of the other features in 1.3.0 by visiting the Spotlight segment of our Blog.

Note: A complete list of changes is available here.

This trailer features music from one of our upcoming levels: Canals

Contest & Podcast has invited us back to their live show! Be sure to tune in on Saturday, October 23rd at 17:00 UTC/GMT.

On another note, we will be announcing a level design contest this coming Monday the 25th. We have over 600$ worth of cash and prizes to give away, so be sure to stop by our website on Monday for all the details!

Update Using the Updater Utility

Already have Overwatch installed? You can use the included Updater Utility to update to the latest version with only the click of a button! Click here for more information and for instructions.

Note: The Updater doesn't currently display a progress bar when downloading files. If you don't see anything happening, don't worry! It's downloading the package, which could take a bit of time depending on the speed of your Internet connection. Just let it go, grab a cookie, and it'll be done before you know it!

Game Servers

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Looking for servers? A list of official Overwatch servers is available here.

Note: Can't see any servers in the in-game server browser? Make sure the Show Map List option is not selected (you can find it at the bottom-left corner of the server window).

What's Next?

1.3.0 is still to be considered a very early release. Work on Overwatch only began a bit over a year ago, and we still have a ton more to add to it! If you would like to keep track of our progress, head over to our blog and read our Progress Reports. Want to contribute? Post your feedback on our forums!

Time for Fun!

Overwatch developers will be scheduling events on our Steam group every now and then, so if you would like to play against them, be sure to keep an eye on that calendar!

We look forward to playing with you all. Enjoy!

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Verendus Oct 23 2010 says:

Awesome! Will download now! :o

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billyboob Oct 23 2010 says:

Damn that update utility is sexy.

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Hamtaro Oct 23 2010 says:

Very nice.

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ThePeanutBaron Oct 23 2010 says:

Now that's a trailer!

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KindredPhantom Oct 23 2010 says:

Lookin' good.

Overwatch has been featured in the Extra Life section of the latest PCGamer UK. Issue 220, page 112.

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night0077 Oct 23 2010 says:

Nice design:)

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Sharkz Oct 23 2010 says:

I am in love with what you guys are doing, seriously this mod is really keeping me on my toes, Release/Some Impressions of the new update here:

Keep up the amazing work!

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Afan Oct 23 2010 says:

No balance change?

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kgino1045 Oct 24 2010 says:

No body play it!

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Whizzard Oct 24 2010 says:

I'm amazed about the fact how fast you update your content.

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L34D Oct 24 2010 says:

Nice Nice. But i think are must be more details on walls. Add some props like boxes or something like that. Citadel looks a bit empty.

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ElitesamuraI26 Nov 4 2010 says:

So disappointed I was hoping this mod would be a single player as well.

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keys1231 Nov 8 2010 says:

Why arnt the European London servers not working :(

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-hg-Lollipop Nov 9 2010 says:

no one are on the servers EVER!!!

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Velancious Dec 18 2010 replied:

I've gotten on and found people. What you guys need to do is get together with a friend and eventually more people will join.

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Terrabit Nov 16 2010 says:

Hmm... Abilities?
-Combine, use Thunderbolt! :)

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feather240 Nov 22 2010 says:

There aren't enough people playing... Why is this so?

BTW, can you guys nerf the shield a little? I think you want us to flank them with troops, but they can back up in a corner or sprint out when they're sandwiched in, so could you make them only block some damage or reduce the speed of shield carriers?

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AndY Nov 22 2010 replied:

It mostly depends on the time of day. We'll hopefully get bigger numbers after the next update, since we'll be adding two new maps.

As for the shield, it already doesn't cover your entire body. A well-placed manhack should be able to inflict damage to the player. Either way, we have plans to improve it soon.

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