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Overwatch's Summer Games will come sooner, hero 31 a bit late

Published: 07:18, 12 July 2019
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In the latest Overwatch developer update, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan has shed some light on the game's upcoming schedule and their anti-cheat efforts. So, Summer Games will come earlier than before, while the hero 31 will be a bit delayed.

Jeff from the Overwatch team said he's aware that eagle-eyed players have figured out Blizzard's schedule a while ago, but this year they might as well throw their earlier findings out the window.

Namely, Summer Games will come much sooner than before and with some other welcome additions too.

Overwatch's summer-themed festivities will last for three weeks and each of the three will come with specific challenges, which, when completed, will let you unlock epic skins. "Look forward to that and other little changes coming to Summer Games and the schedule", Kaplan said.

Blizzard are shaking up Overwatch's release schedule when it comes to new heroes as well, and even though the studio is working on Hero 31 at the moment, it will arrive a bit later than usual.

Kaplan stressed it's just a bit though, and considering that Overwatch's champs have traditionally been arriving in March, July and November, we're guessing that it's either the second half of July or the first half of August.

It's just a guess, mind you, so do take it with a grain of salt, but what we do know is that Hero 31 is a he, as Jeff from the Overwatch team kindly emphasized.

Kaplan also shared some details on Overwatch's new anti-cheat method, which is currently being put through its paces on the Public Test Realm.

"We will now automatically shut down a match where we detect cheating is happening, and we will make sure that nobody on either side of the match is penalised for that match being shut down", Kaplan said. 

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Such scenarios will not affect the SR of players in Overwatch's competitive matches and Kaplan said assured the fans that "very harsh actions" will follow for cheaters.

Blizzard seem to have much more in store too, as Jeff from the Overwatch team announced a few more dev updates "really, really soon".

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