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Detailed Overwatch concept shows what a “Story Mode” could look like in-game

Published: 16/Jan/2019 13:10 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 17:53

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created a detailed concept for a “Story Mode” in Overwatch.

Though Overwatch remains an exclusively player-versus-player game, the compelling world and characters Blizzard have created for it have left many fans wishing for a classic “campaign” through which to delve deeper into the game’s lore.

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So far, the only “Story Mode” elements that have been added to Overwatch have come from the “Archives” in-game event. Titled “Uprising” in its first year, the event was rebranded to “Overwatch Archives” for year two, marking it as a recurring event that will offer story-focused content.

The initial Uprising event included a PvE brawl of the same name in which players participated in Tracer’s very first Overwatch mission, helping to put down an Omnic uprising in London. In 2018, the “Retribution” mission was added, which saw Blackwatch – the secret black ops division of Overwatch – travel to Rialto to seek out the Talon boss responsible for a devastating attack on an Overwatch base.

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Each iteration of the event proved immensely popular, both for their PvE content and for exploring the story of Overwatch, much of which remains shrouded in mystery.

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Unfortunately, as with all event content, the Anniversary missions are only available while the event is active, limiting them to just a few weeks a year.

With both Overwatch lore and PvE fans clamoring for more of this type of content, the addition of a “Story Mode” is a much-requested feature. Overwatch fan and graphic designer u/JessMR has put together a detailed concept for what such a mode could look like in-game.

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The concept adds “Archives” as a permanent fixture alongside the game’s other modes, and breaks the campaign into three separate “eras” – the Omnic Crisis, which originally sparked the creation of Overwatch, the “Golden Age” in which the organization was hailed for saving the world, and “The Fall”, the period ultimately leading to Overwatch being disbanded.

Within each, u/JessMR envisions a series of missions, each featuring a particular set of heroes, through which players could progress.

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Unfortunately for fans of the idea, adding a “Story Mode” is of course a major undertaking for Blizzard, and so far they’ve announced no plans to do so. It seems for now, at least, that the Archives event will be the only source for such content.

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Assuming a similar event schedule to last year, Overwatch Archives will return in April 2019, presumably bringing with it a new PvE mission for players to tackle and a fresh injection of lore.

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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.