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Fantastic Overwatch 2 Hanzo skin idea looks good enough to be real

Published: 6/Apr/2020 19:48

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch 2 may still be a way out on the horizon, but that hasn’t stopped fans of the series from coming up with their own ideas about what heroes could look like in the new game.

Even though we’ve already seen what his brother Genji looks like in a hoodie, we don’t have any idea what the elder Shimada brother Hanzo will be rocking in the expansion.

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However, illustrator and artist Salvatore Tabbi’s new Overwatch 2 concept for the archer looks so good, you could be fooled into thinking it was an official Blizzard design.

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Even though Hanzo looks like he’s spent the last few years alone in the woods, he still manages to be styling.

Overwatch 2 is set after the original game, which means all the heroes we know and love will be changing a bit, and in Hanzo’s case, this apparently means growing some epic facial hair.

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Tabbi’s Hanzo has a beard that’s a far cry from his neatly-trimmed look we have now, but the Shimada brother’s new ruffled look still manages to make him seem like the hero we’re familiar with.

Thanks to the color scheme, along with the dragon designs and the bow (obviously), we can still tell this is definitely Hanzo, but now he looks like he’s been hanging out with McCree for a little too long.

Salvatore Tabbi
Tabbi didn’t just update Hanzo, he also (slightly) updated his bow as well.

Bearded Overwatch 2 Hanzo’s bow is very similar to how his original skin’s looks, but with more blue wrapping around the body.

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Unfortunately, Hanzo seems to have misplaced his hip flask in this skin, or perhaps he’s finally decided to give up the sake by the time Overwatch 2 happens.

As we said earlier, we don’t know when we’ll get a look at Hanzo, or any other hero’s official Overwatch 2 skin, but you would assume it would happen sometime before the game comes out.

Salvatore Tabbi
Tabbi’s Overwatch 2 Hanzo went through several different stages to get just right.

The only problem with that is, we don’t have any solid idea of when Overwatch 2 will come out, other than “sometime in 2020” supposedly.

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This year’s holiday season would be a good bet, but for right now, developers have been keeping radio silence on most of the details about the next chapter in Overwatch.

Tabbi has created several Overwatch skins before, and even said he had applied for a job as an artist at Blizzard, but wasn’t too keen on his chances since the publisher sees thousands of applicants a day.

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You’d think that creating a skin concept that looks this fresh and interesting while still keeping with Hanzo’s character would be enough for the publisher to think about giving Salvatore a closer look.

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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.