Teams competing in the Overwatch World Cup will get in-game uniforms

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Blizzcon is fast approaching (TWO DAYS!) and Overwatch fans awaiting the World Cup are in for  a treat. Yesterday, in a short Twitter video, Blizzard unveiled some upcoming changes to Overwatch ahead of this weekend’s World Cup. These include a spectating overhaul and team uniforms for teams representing their countries.

The video titled “Behind the Scenes: Evolving Overwatch Esports,” showed the developmental process behind the game.

Some key features coming to the spectator client include pausing and unpausing. Team uniforms will also arrive in the upcoming update, and you can see some of them below:


Home uniforms – Image via Blizzard Entertainment


Away uniforms – Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Uniforms, the way they look, are only the beginning. The changes explained by the developers include ultimates and all abilities which will feature a rework for each country. Portraits will also be changed for each country. Back to the spectator changes, Instant Replays will arrive allowing commentators to look back on big kills which may have been missed, slowing them down and diving deep into the analytical side of the action. They’ve also added a third-person smart camera. Similar to other competitive titles, Overwatch will have their own top-down map overlay for broadcasters and viewers. Furthermore, statistics are important when watching and understanding Overwatch. The update will include real-time statistics showing developing trends and overall player data for commentators and spectators.

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That’s about it for the spectator overhaul and it’s honestly one of the better updates to come in as esports is all about the fans and the video, showing the developers and commentators chatting, is a reassuring factor which shows promise for Overwatch Esports.

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Last Updated: November 2, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Magoo

    Gavin was right! Suppose I’ll give it a watch.

    • MonsterCheddar

      I’m “Over” this game, so I won’t be “Watching”.

      geddit, huh, geddit?

      • Magoo

        Because Overwatch?

        • MonsterCheddar

          Yes, I’m Over, watching.

  • Hammersteyn

    The away uniforms looks awful.

  • Original Heretic

    “The changes explained by the developers include ultimates and all abilities which will feature a rework for each country.”
    Does that mean that each team’s abilities are going to be slightly different, even if they have the same character?

  • Quentin Huggett

    Wow awesome esport features!! Been waiting for these tools in games for a long time.

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