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Echo idea would be perfect Overwatch skin for Spring

Published: 2/Apr/2020 0:37 Updated: 2/Apr/2020 6:00

by Bill Cooney

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Echo may have only come to Overwatch’s PTR on March 19, but fans of the game have already come up with ideas for her skins and cosmetics.

Overwatch fans are some of the most creative out there, and a new hero is a perfect opportunity for some great skin concepts.

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Even though Echo had her official set of skins and cosmetics released to the PTR on March 31, that didn’t stop Redditor jlwartist from coming up with their own.

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Echo’s may have a full set of skins now, but that’s never stopped Overwatch fans before.

“Orchid Nymph” is jlw’s working title for the skin, which would definitely be a Legendary if it were ever added.

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Echo’s shoulder and head have been transformed into a big, beautiful flower, and she’s got vines and other plant life growing all over as well.

The best part of this skin has to be Echo’s wings. They have been transformed into gigantic flower petals that would look great as she flies around the map.

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“Orchid” echo would be the perfect Overwatch skin for Spring.

The custom skin sort of resembles Echo’s actual “Butterfly” skin color-wise, but is definitely different enough to stand out on it’s own.

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One user on Reddit said the skin reminded them of Lillymon, from the Digimon series, and jlwartist revealed they were probably inspired by the cartoon without even knowing it, since they were a fan when they were younger.

Even though Echo came out, we might not have to wait very long at all for a new skin to come out, even if it isn’t Orchid.

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We may not have to wait long to see a new Echo skin in-game.

Overwatch’s Anniversary event usually happens in May after Archives wraps up in April. Echo made it to the PTR on March 19, which would give her roughly a month on the test realm were she to come out in towards the end of April.

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Obviously this is all just guesswork, as devs have been tight-lipped about when she’ll be released from testing, but if she does come out before the next event, keep your eyes peeled for a new skin.

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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.