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Blizzard Might Be Teasing the Next Overwatch Hero

Published: 8/Jun/2018 2:30 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 16:01

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard could be teasing Hammond as the next Overwatch hero.

References to the character found in the updated Horizon Lunar Colony, which is currently on the Overwatch PTR, have sparked renewed speculation around the possibility of Hammond as a playable character.

Like Winston, Hammond is a genetically-enhanced Gorilla who was being studied at the Horizon Lunar Colony. The project ended violently with an uprising by some the gorillas, with the scientists being killed. Only one gorilla, Winston, was originally thought to have made it to earth.

When the Horizon Lunar Colony map was originally introduced to the game, however, Blizzard teased another ape, Hammond, who was reported to have escaped his cage shortly before the uprising. It was discovered that in the “modern day” of the game’s lore, Hammond was no longer to be found there.

The original hints prompted heavy speculation that Hammond would be a new hero, but it was instead the Horizon map that was added to the game.

The recent changes to the map, however, have once again thrust Hammond into the spotlight, with the addition of new rooms, one of which belonged to Hammond. In the room, blueprints and toys hint that Hammond was able to escape the colony by hitching a ride with (a potentially unwitting) Winston.

Details of Hammond beyond this are limited, although it’s speculated that he could be a smaller ape. What he’s been doing since reaching earth, whether he’s a “hero” or really a villain, and what he might be capable of in-game, remain a mystery.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Blizzard has teased a new hero via a map update. Prior to the release of Doomfist, one of the earliest hints that he was coming was the disappearance of the Doomfist gauntlet from its original location on the payload, and other hints of the aftermath of its theft.

So far since the release of Overwatch, a new hero has been released every March, July, and November, with the most recent being the addition of Brigitte on March 20th 2018. If that track record is anything to go by a new hero should arrive towards the end of July, meaning that now is about the right time for the first teasers.

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How to find cute new Overwatch Halloween easter egg at Chateau Guillard

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:47

by Theo Salaun

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During the spookiest time of the year, Overwatch’s fans have discovered a cute, quaint easter egg in the game’s Chateau Guillard map, which has enjoyed a Halloween makeover.

Overwatch’s developers over at Blizzard do not take October’s biggest holiday for granted, as they celebrate the costume and candy festivities each year with reworked maps and new cosmetics.

This year, players have taken to exploring the Halloween version of Chateau Guillard, and are appreciating the various adjustments.

Now set under moonlight, the extensive French chateau most popularly known for deathmatch custom games is also becoming known for spooky Halloween details. Having released in 2018’s event, players are still making discoveries in the version of Chateau Guillard at night.

Normally, people get distracted by the fog and darkness, or maybe the jack-o’-lanterns and subterranean coffin.

But, taking a trip to the red study room, Redditor ‘YHJ_JYG_Kryptlock’ has discovered a neat little Overwatch easter egg involving candle wicks.

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The new Halloween easter egg appears in Chateau Guillard’s red study room.

As they demonstrate in the clip below, if you shoot each wick of the candelabra, the candles will briefly light. It’s nothing crazy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a neat addition to an already detailed revamped map.

To find this easter egg, you’ll first need to find the red study room.

If you’re facing inward to the chateau from the outdoor area with a jump pad and statue, this room will be toward the back right as you enter. If you’re on the opposite end, at the balcony’s health pack, this will be to your left as you enter the chateau.

How to find Chateau Guillard’s Halloween easter egg

  1. Head to the red study room
  2. Locate the standing candelabra, in the back right of the room at the corner near the bookshelf
  3. Shoot the candle wicks
  4. Enjoy the lit candles
  5. Make a wish?

If you shoot the candles wicks in Château Guillard (Halloween) you will light them on fire. from Overwatch

Ultimately, it’s a very simple easter egg, but a cute one. In a map covered in so much dreary darkness thanks to Halloween, lighting candles is a nice contrast.

Of course, it also makes for a decent party trick. So if you load into custom games, feel free to impress your friends by showing off your detailed map knowledge.