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Artists beautifully show what Link would look like in Overwatch

Published: 20/Sep/2019 21:08 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 23:24

by Michael Gwilliam

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A whole team of artists constructed Link from The Legend of Zelda in Overwatch and the result is receiving widespread praise. 

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history and series protagonist Link has been an icon in the industry since NES era. Bringing Link to the Overwatch universe and art style is no easy task, but a team of five people made it happen. 

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In a video posted to Vimeo, the Hero of Time is showcased wielding his trusted Master Sword and Hylian Shield. 

[NOW PLAYABLE] Link l Overwatch from Stéphane Videlo on Vimeo.

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Every nook and cranny of the Nintendo character’s figure is quite well done with the grooves and texture on the shield, in particular, standing out.

What’s more, is the video also includes a series of Play of the Game highlights that are sure to impress both fans of Overwatch and The Legend of Zelda. 

NintendoThe Ocarina of Time version of Link is very iconic.
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In the first highlight intro, the hero uses utilizes his powerful charged sword attack. Near the end of the animation the video slows down for dramatic effect.

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The second shows Link digging into a chest – an iconic Zelda motif, before pulling a rupee out of it and holding it above his head. This series trope has existed in many Zelda games with Ocarina of Time being the first time this animation was brought to life in 3D. 

NintendoOpening chests is a fun part of any Zelda game.

The third has Link using his shield to block incoming fire as he charges his sword like in the first highlight and then zooms forward weapon in hand towards his attackers on the second point of Eichenwalde. 

Finally, the end tune merges both the Zelda music and Overwatch theme into a sharp remixed version. It’s then revealed that five different people worked on this animation project. 

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Those five people are Jeremy Vitry, Aaron Walker, Stéphane Vidélo, Philémon Belhomme, and Etienne Pov. 

While it’s unlikely we will actually see Link in Overwatch, the hero certainly does have enough items in his kit – bombs, Hookshot, boomerang, and Deku nuts with some luck we could be seeing an Overwatch hero in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. With that comes a chance to see Link in action against a member of the Overwatch cast. 

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.