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Creative Overwatch hero design has an interesting twist

Published: 26/Jun/2019 23:24 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 23:31

by Bill Cooney

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One creative Overwatch fan has made a completely original hero design for a new support that rides a giant chicken.

Support heroes are some of the most important in Overwatch because they can heal their fellow teammates, so more supports are almost always welcome by Overwatch players (except Brigitte).

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So artist Rita Kaczmarska decided to create her very own Support hero named Twardowski who rides a massive, mechanical chicken into battle.

Rita KaczmarskaTwardowski looks like he would fit right into Overwatch.

Why a chicken though?

Twardowski was inspired by a character called Pan Twardowski from Polish folklore, according to the legend he sold his soul to the devil for magic powers and used the magic to summon a giant chicken to ride around on, for whatever reason.

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His magic abilities allow him to heal, which is why he was made into a support hero, but his chicken has the ability to breathe fire, which would probably act as his primary damage dealing ability.

Rita KaczmarskaA fire-breathing chicken in Overwatch? Why not.

The hero looks incredible, with Twardowski mounted atop his noble steed holding some kind of magic egg with his mechanical, poultry-like arm.

His chicken is just as impressive and together the two make a pretty great pair, but we have to wonder: would Twardowski’s chicken be considered an Omnic? And are there other giant animal Omnics out there?

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Rita KaczmarskaTwardowski and his chicken look ready to roll.

When will we get a new Overwatch hero?

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan said earlier in the Summer that Hero 31 would be arriving sometime this summer, but didn’t get much more specific than that.

The new Baptiste short story “What You Left Behind” got a lot of people talking about a character called “Mauga” as a potential new Hero 31.

Whether or not Mauga is actually Hero 31 remains to be seen, but fans are clearly ready for another addition to the Overwatch roster.

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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.