This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
Overwatch esports improvements
One of the questions hanging over Blizzard's ambitious Overwatch League is how it will surpass the spectating issues that have plagued the scene to date. I mean, sure all the pretty colors and explosions are fun to look at in Quick Play, but they make it hard to keep track of what's going on in a match.
However, the OW team is hard at work on changes to the spectator client according to game director Jeff Kaplan in his latest Developer's Update. According to Kaplan, Overwatch League teams will have dedicated uniform skins that make their allegiances clear with the UI changing to reflect their colors.
Additionally, they're working on a new interactive map for casters and observers to highlight each team's strategy and tactics as well as instant replays and a smart camera to make the third-person view a bit smoother.
Kaplan says OW esports fans will get a taste of the new changes at the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon Nov 3-4.
We Don't Like...
Not getting to play a super cool Star Wars heist story
Since the closure of Visceral Studios on Oct. 17 a number of details have emerged about the developer's final project — a single-player Star Wars game led by Uncharted director Amy Hennig. And honestly, don't read further if you don't want to be disappointed.
According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, the project — codenamed Ragtag — was a "Star Wars meets Ocean’s Eleven" heist story following a team of ne'er-do-wells as they pulled off jobs in the wake of Alderaan's destruction.
In the words of one of Schreier's unnamed sources, "This was the coolest shit I’ve ever seen."
All-in-all, I don't think I've been this heartbroken since Star Wars 1313, the last hyper-ambitious single-player Star Wars game that ended up getting trashed, was supposed to star Boba Fett.
We're Unsure Of...
Galio's unyielding reign of terror
Hey, remember when Galio was completely unviable and everyone wanted him buffed? Be careful what you wish for, because when Riot rebalance an under powered character, they don't mess around.
Though Galio has been a consistent competitive pick since his rework brought him back into prominence, Riot apparently felt he needed another nudge. And with a huge increases to his AP ratios in the latest patch, The Sentinel's Sorrow can do really stupid stuff that has many community members calling for a hotfix.
But hey, World's is on 7.18, so at least we don't have to worry about a repeat of the Juggernaut patch.
GTA Online's super cool superhero car that's definitely not the Batmobile
Have you been a dedicated participant of the four years of anarchic mayhem in GTA online? The good fellows at Rockstar games are paying you back with a very special anniversary/Halloween combo, including the addition of the totally-not-the-Batmobile roadster, the Vigilante.
"Equipped with rocket propulsion technology and front-mounted machine guns (with room for a missile upgrade), the Vigilante will strike fear and provide swift justice to those who come for your throne," said the announcement.
Before you put on your Batjamas though, be warned, the car comes with a $3.75 million price tag (in in-game currency). But hey, Rockstar is also giving everyone $400K for signing in so at least you have a good start.
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.