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Blizzard reveals new additions to upcoming Overwatch Nerf gun range

Published: 5/Nov/2018 15:30

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard have revealed multiple new additions to the Overwatch line of Nerf guns.

The Overwatch developer has teamed up with Hasbro to create a line of Nerf replicas of some of the game’s most iconic weapons.

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At BlizzCon, which took place on November 2-4, several new additions to the upcoming line were revealed. The Nerf guns are expected to become available in January 2019.

Previously, Nerf replicas of Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns and D.Va’s Light Gun – commonly referred to as the “Bunny Blaster” –  had been announced.

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After BlizzCon, this selection has been expanded. Joining the Bunny Blaster as part of the “Micro Shots” range will be replicas of Torbjörn’s Rivet Gun and Tracer’s Pulse Pistols.

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Meanwhile, fans will also be able to imitate their favorite cowboy with a replica of McCree’s Peacekeeper.

The Peacekeeper joins the Hellfire Shotguns in Nerf’s Rival range, the elite line of blasters that fire pellets rather than the traditional darts, and are designed to maximize range and precision. In the case of McCree’s Peacemaker, that means a travel speed of up to 80 feet per second.

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The reveal of the Peacemaker replica comes in the wake of the latest Overwatch animated short, “Reunion”, which featured McCree as he took on the Deadlock Gang on Route 66.

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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.