Could this Overwatch theory explain the story behind Widowmaker's "Noire" skin? - Dexerto
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Could this Overwatch theory explain the story behind Widowmaker’s “Noire” skin?

Published: 14/Jan/2019 10:55 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 11:07

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan suggested an interesting theory about one of Widowmaker’s skins.

Widowmaker’s “Noire” skin has been in the game since launch, although it stands out from most of the other original skins by the manner in which it could first be acquired.

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Overwatch shipped with ten skins per hero – four Rare, two Epic, and four Legendary options each. For Widowmaker, however, the “Noire” skin was an eleventh option that players were rewarded with for pre-ordering the game.

Rather than simply being another interesting look for Widowmaker in-game, one fan has suggested that the skin could be directly related to the game’s lore.

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The story of Widowmaker is that she was originally known as Amélie Lacroix, wife of Overwatch commander Gérard Lacroix. She was captured by Talon – the shadowy terrorist organization that is Overwatch’s main antagonist in much of the game’s story – who had been trying unsuccessfully to eliminate Gérard

Talon didn’t kill Amélie, however. Instead, they turned her into their weapon, subjecting her to neural reprogramming that erased her personality. After she was returned, apparently unharmed, she killed Gérard in his sleep, before going back to Talon for further experiments and training that created a perfect, cold-blooded assassin – Widowmaker.

The theory suggested by u/rubenburgt is that “Noire” depicts the outfit that Talon used to create Widowmaker. Several nodes can be seen on her body, perhaps connection points used for the process of chilling her body temperature, and in place of hair a tangle of what look like cables falls from her helmet.

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The Noire skin wouldn’t be the only lore-accurate look in the game. There are several examples of Overwatch heroes depicted in their Overwatch uniforms, for instance, and the Overwatch “Origins” edition comes with several skins that show heroes in their past lives, such as Reaper’s “Blackwatch Reyes” or Tracer’s “Slipstream”.

Blizzard have never officially commented on whether “Noire” is lore-accurate, but if u/rubenburgt is correct it’s possible that Widowmaker’s origin could be shown off in more detail with a future comic or story.

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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.