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Confusing Overwatch bug swaps Reinhardt’s voice for Echo’s in-game

Published: 16/Apr/2020 3:55

by Andrew Amos

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Reinhardt has been practicing his omnic accent apparently, as a new bug discovered in Overwatch has swapped his regular voice lines over for some of Echo’s, leaving players confused as to which armored juggernaut is friend or foe.

The release of Echo has plenty of Overwatch players watching their backs. The new DPS hero can duplicate into an enemy of their choosing, getting access to all their abilities as part of her ultimate.

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However, because she absorbs everything about each hero ⁠— from movement and abilities, down to their voice lines ⁠— it’s led to some confusion. Some heroes have had their voice lines replaced by Echo’s in a new Overwatch bug, and it’s got pretty drastic consequences.

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Echo’s ultimate is causing some issues in Overwatch.

The bug, shared by Korean Overwatch pro Ryu ‘Kaiser’ Sang-hoon, applies to Reinhardt, but the issue could be more widespread.

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Friendly Reinhardts will use the Echo voice lines on certain abilities, including Charge. While this doesn’t sound major, given Overwatch’s heavy reliance on sound cues, this could have a huge impact.

If you see a Reinhardt charging, but not with the default voice line, you might be looking to run away instead of backing up your ally in a fight.

This can apply for any number of abilities, from a friendly Ana nanoboost to an Echo-charged one, to Dragon Blades ⁠— if even one ability has a different audio cue than normal, it completely changes the way players approach the game.

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Blizzard is aware of the problem, replying to Kaiser’s tweet saying that Team 4 are aware of the issue, and a fix should be on its way.

“The Overwatch team may already be aware of this from the PTR reports, but we will pass it over just in case,” said a Blizzard support representative.

The bug, for now, seems isolated to Korean localized voices, so if you use English or another language you shouldn’t be affected.

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However, you should keep an ear out — and maybe an extra eye too ⁠— in case it does happen.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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