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.

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.

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.

u/rubenburgt

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 players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.