The Overwatch Storm Rising patch is here and it's bringing with it the return of the Overwatch Archives, a brand-new mission, and changes to three of the game's heroes! Every year, Overwatch holds a special PVE-centric event where players can engage in missions that were undertaken by the good folks at Overwatch. This year's mission has players heading down to Cuba to track down Talon's money man and capture him.
Overwatch Storm Rising Patch - PVE Missionshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjgUL6ewLIo
Game Director Jeff Kaplan once again returned to star in a Developer Update video talking about the event. The new mission added in the Overwatch Storm Rising patch has players taking on Maximillian, an Omnic with a taste for fine tailoring and the man who manages the money of the worldwide criminal organization Talon.
Genji, Mercy, Tracer, and Winston participate in the Story Mode of the mission and players will also have the option to play as any heroes in an alternate mode. Completing each of the modes once will award players a free Overwatch Archives Loot Box. PVE missions from the previous two years will also be making a return.
Overwatch Storm Rising Patch - SkinsSpeaking of loot boxes, let's take a look at the new skins that are debuting in this event! There are six Legendary skins that players can get their hands on.
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Three new highlight intros have been added to the game alongside these excellent Legendary skins. Players will also be able to get their hands on the usual collection of sprays and voice lines. Unfortunately, there aren't any emotes being added for this year's event.
Thankfully, players will also be able to grab some neat Epic skins in Overwatch Archives loot boxes:
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Overwatch Storm Rising Patch NotesThe Overwatch Storm Rising patch is not only bringing back the Archives event — it's making changes to a few of the game's heroes. Here are the changes being made:
- Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25
- Grenades bounce less but explode earlier
- Cooldown reduced from 7 seconds to 6 seconds
- Can now be used in air
- Shadow Step exit time reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds
- Reaper is now invisible for the entire exit time
- Railings and similar objects no longer block Shadow Step
- Now disabled by Zarya's Graviton Surge Ultimate and Junkrat's Steel Trap
- Railings and similar objects no longer block Teleporter placement.
Overwatch Storm Rising Patch - A Hint at the Next Hero?There's one last bit of tasty news in the Overwatch Storm Rising patch. The cutscene that introduces the Storm Rising mission shows us a new Overwatch commander for the first time. Sojourn is in charge of the mission that Genji, Mercy, Tracer, and Winston take part in. We may well be seeing our first hints at a new hero making their way into the game.
That's it for our coverage of the Overwatch Storm Rising patch! You can read the patch notes for all the fine details and learn more about the event and its cosmetics at its official webpage. The Overwatch Archives event ends on May 6, 2019.
What do you think of the new skins debuting in the Overwatch Storm Rising patch? Do you think Sojourn will be the next hero? Let us know in the comments below!