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Awesome Overwatch Gundam concept would be a perfect Reinhardt skin

Published: 13/Apr/2020 1:53

by Bill Cooney

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A new Overwatch skin concept finally reimagines Reinhardt as a Gundam, and it looks just as awesome as it sounds.

Gundam is basically the godfather of the giant robot trope in anime. The first series, ‘Mobile Suit Gundam,’ was originally released in 1979, over 30 years ago.

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Since then the series has become one of the most recognizable and successful animes ever and, as it turns out, a perfect Reinhardt skin as well.

Salvatore Tabbi
How could you not want this as an actual Overwatch skin?

Overwatch fan and concept artist Salvatore Tabbi is the mastermind behind Gundam Reinhardt and just from these sketches, it looks like it would be an incredibly awesome skin to rock in a match.

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“The idea was to create a “toy” skin for him,” Tabbi revealed. “Since I’m a huge fan of mechas and model kits, I decided to create this skin based on some Gundam kits I have on my shelf.”

Gundam Reinhardt definitely hits all of the mecha targets, and looks like a true Gundam model on top of it all. Normally we’d say this type of skin wouldn’t be possible, but since LEGO Bastion came out, you never really know what Blizzard is willing to do.

Salvatore Tabbi
Reinhardt’s Gundam skin definitely looks like it could be a similar addition like Bastion’s LEGO skin.

On top of his armor being made into a Gundam, Reinhardt’s shield has also been replaced with one of the Mecha’s heads.

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But the most distinctive part of this skin might be Rein’s hammer which has a devious-looking drill added to the back, that seems like it would do damage to rival Gundam and Overwatch heroes alike.

Salvatore Tabbi
This would be one of the best Reinhardt hammers, if it were actually in-game.

If you think we’re overdue for a new Reinhardt skin, you may be in luck, since we have the annual Anniversary event coming up at the beginning of May.

Whether or not we’ll be getting a new skin for the shield tank this year remains to be seen, but this Gundam skin concept does get us a little bit excited about the possibility.

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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.