Overwatch

Amazing Overwatch Mercy fan art would make the perfect Steampunk skin

Published: 12/Jan/2021 12:48

by Lauren Bergin

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Mercy is one of Overwatch’s most iconic heroes. The Swiss medic has become the face of Blizzard’s staple FPS, but one fan reimagined her in some beautiful artwork that would make an amazing in-game skin.

It’s safe to say that Overwatch players and gamers all across the globe can easily identify Mercy. The Alpine doctor has become one of the faces of the Blizzard’s FPS, both in the casual sphere and the esports realm.

A recent Valentine’s Day skin concept called Lovebringer Mercy took the internet by storm because of the sheer amount of detail that went into its creation.

One Reddit user has taken a very different, but no less romantic, approach to the Overwatch support in an amazing piece of fan art. So much so, we’d love to see a virtual version of their concept.

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Mercy’s Sugar Plum Fairy skin has some Christmas romance about it, but this concept is much darker.

Fan creates Steampunk Mercy

One of world’s most interesting trends is the Steampunk sector, which reimagines Victorian and period style clothing transformed into modern day garments. It’s often associated with the more alternative sphere, with dark Steampunk paying homage to historical funeral wear.

It’s this style that artist leo_queval has imagined Mercy in. A huge deviation from her white, angelic form, the image sees her robotic wings transformed into black feathered ones and her halo become an ebony version of its former self.

Her outfit is very different from her usual, more clinical style. Sporting a deep purple corset adorned with an asymmetric lace bottom, the outfit flows behind her and adds an heir of elegance. Her suspenders, coupled with purple knee high heels give her that extra element of noir romance.

I made a fanart of Mercy in a “dark steampunk” style ! from r/Overwatch

Fans react

While there’s a lot of discussion in the comments in an attempt to pin down exactly what style the outfit would fall under, the love for this piece is unanimous.

One fan wrote: “If Blizzard took this, changed her glide to have a ‘dark fade’ effect, have crows/birds follow her, give her unique ‘dark’ dialogue and emotes, and have her portrait change in the in-game ‘tab’ stats menu, I would spend money on this.”

Another commenter echoed this, responding with: “This is absolutely incredible. I wish this was a skin!”

A final fan urged the artist to “ignore the nit-picking. You put a lot of effort in to this piece and it shows. Yeah, Mercy looks stellar, but you even went all-in on the background! Great work, OP!”

So whether this is a truly Steampunk Mercy or more along the lines of dark fantasy or lolita, it doesn’t matter. Fans are loving this idea and want a skin that shows a slightly more edgy side of our favorite healer. Blizzard have given their characters more gothic style designs in its MOBA Heroes of the Storm, so maybe’ll we’ll see some crossover into Overwatch 2. We certainly hope so!

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.