Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter only four years old for its PC, PS4 and Xbox One version, and less than a year old for the Nintendo Switch variant. In such a short time, the game gathered a staggering amount of players: 40 million.
Map Pools and Hero Pools rotate in which maps and heroes are available for the competitive play so that players won’t get stuck with the same decisions. Since the introduction of both features that the publisher and developer Blizzard made, fans started to provide feedback on the changes they want. Blizzard intends to grant their wishes, and it announced yesterday (April 9) some significant changes.
Hero Pools is getting changed
Heads up, heroes:
We’re refining Hero Pool systems and retiring Map Pools in Competitive Play thanks to your feedback.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 9, 2020
Until now, Hero Pools was different in Competitive Play than it is for League Play. But with Blizzard’s revision, Hero Pools will become the same for the whole board. Furthermore, the fans have yet another reason to be excited: Hero Pools will change every week, so there’s no telling what surprises are waiting.
No more Map Pools
One of the changes is that Map Pools is gone for good. This means that along with it, two maps will be eliminated from the competitive play: Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony. However, there is still good news in this measure: Blizzard will work on updating those maps as making them even more enjoyable than before. This means the map will return to competitive play pretty soon. The changes to Hero Pools will occur on April 13th, while Map Pools will be removed on April 14th.
Those who want to play Overwatch on their PCs will have to match the following minimum hardware demands:
- CPU: Intel Core i3 / AMD Phenom X3 8650
- RAM Memory: 4 GB
- Operating System: Windows Vista
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
- Dedicated video memory: 768 MB
- Pixel Shader: 4.0
- Vertex Shader: 4.0
- Free Disk Space: 30 GB
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