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Blizzard is finally letting viewers control the camera while watching Overwatch esports

[embedded content] Blizzard is rolling out a beta test for the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, a bit of tech that…

Blizzard is rolling out a beta test for the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, a bit of tech that will let viewers watch the upcoming Overwatch World Cup via the client, giving them access to all of the camera tools previously reserved for Overwatch League’s professional esports observers. Dette betyr at seerne vil være i stand til å kontrollere kameraet, bytte mellom første person og tredjeperson, og velg hvilken spillerens visning de ønsker å se.

This is great. Jeg har sagt flere måneder siden at jeg var skuffet over Overwatch League All Access Pass’s Command Center, som lagde alternative in-game kamera angler og real-time statistikker, men gjorde ikke at se på kameraet. Overwatch League’s broadcast crew does a great job of following the fast-paced action of OWL matches, but sometimes I just want to follow a specific player the entire match, or watch only from the tanks’ perspective. With the new OWWC Viewer, I’ll finally be able to do just that.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan says that by beta testing these viewing tools during the Overwatch World Cup, viewers are helping test a technology that the OW team hopes to bring two “all platforms and match types.” De indlysende implikationer her er at disse værktøjer vil blive rullet ud for det kommende andet Overwatch League-sæson, ligesom sidste års OWWC introducerede først de teamspecifikke in-game-farveordninger, der blev anvendt i den indledende OWL-season.

Perhaps even more exciting, however, is if the tech allows players to watch replays of their own games, a feature that has been sorely lacking from Overwatch thus far. According to Kaplan, that’s the plan.

“By testing the beta version of the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, it allows us to work on the technology that will one day allow us to bring these features to all of Overwatch, both PC and console, not only in esports settings but for all of us as individuals, “Kaplan said.” Can you imagine going and watching one of your own matches later, but being able to put the camera wherever you want, in that replay view? think that would be pretty amazing. “

Early on, the OWWC Viewer will only be available on PC using a special version of the Overwatch client. De initiale versie van de tools zal let kijkers beide kijk live-wedstrijden via de game-client, evenals het bekijken van replays of past matches.

The developer update also mentioned that the Overwatch team will not be announcing a new map at BlizzCon this year, as it has done in past years with Oasis and Blizzard World. He did mention there will still be “amazing announcements” which, almost certainly, means a new hero.

Finally, Kaplan mentioned that the next Overwatch patch will have buffs for Mercy, Roadhog, Reaper, and Symmetra.

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