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Even more heroes can now sing Karaoke on the Overwatch PTR

Published: 15/Nov/2018 20:53 Updated: 16/Nov/2018 1:35

by Joe O'Brien

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One of Overwatch players’ favorite Easter Eggs has been expanded in the latest PTR update.

Two new heroes can now make use of the karaoke machine on the Busan Control map.

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After Busan was released, players quickly noticed that Reinhardt could actually sing at the karaoke machine in one of the spawn areas on the “Downtown” point.

The Easter Egg quickly became a fan-favorite, with players clamoring for more heroes to get a chance to sing at the machine.

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Blizzard heard the requests and delivered, with a recent update adding interactions for Torbjörn and McCree.

Reinhardt was the first hero to sign at the karaoke machine.

These new additions proved incredibly popular themselves, and it seems Blizzard isn’t done there. The latest update to the PTR introduced two more singing heroes: cyborg student and omnic master Genji and Zenyatta.

Genji recites a “nine cuts mantra”, a type of Japanese mantra so-named for its nine syllables – and one that he also occasionally recites as a voice line during game set-up – to the beat, before asking “are you dancing?”

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Zenyatta’s might be the best of the bunch so far, however, telling listeners to “embrace the rhythm” in a pair of rhyming couplets,  and “get down into the iris.”

Given the popularity of the karaoke, it seems very likely that Blizzard will continue to expand the roster of singers in future updates.

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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.