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New 'Overwatch' viewer gives you broadcast-worthy camera control

The beta feature is coming to PC users soon.
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Blizzard is stepping up its efforts to improve Overwatch esports viewing ahead of the World Cup's climax at BlizzCon. As part of a developer update, the studio has introduced an Overwatch World Cup Viewer that will give you the kind of spectating controls normally reserved for esports broadcasters. The PC-only beta feature will let you view live matches from any perspective, including a top-down map view that shows players' statuses. And when a match is over, you can watch replays at different camera speeds -- if you want to see how that D.Va player wiped an entire team, you can slow the replay down to study their actions.

The beta release (available through a special version of Overwatch) will focus on the World Cup, but Blizzard hopes to make the technology available for all gameplay types on all supported platforms. You could analyze a friendly match between friends if you wanted, similar to what you can do with titles like League of Legends.

Just be sure to temper your expectations for BlizzCon. While there will be "awesome" announcements when BlizzCon kicks off November 2nd, new maps won't be part of it. The biggest official change outside of the World Cup Viewer is word that Mercy, Reaper, Roadhog and Symmetra will all receive improvements for the 1.30 patch. For now, the World Cup is the focus.

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