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Fight “Zencopter” in Overwatch Workshop mode inspired by Half-Life 2

Published: 19/Sep/2019 19:40 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 20:46

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch Workshop is home to some incredible game modes, but a newly created “Zencopter” boss battle inspired by Half-Life 2’s Hunter-Chopper could be one of the most exhilarating yet. 

Redditor Zezombye first teased the mode on the Overwatch subreddit in a post titled “Introducing: the Zencopter”. 

Inside was a gif of a Soldier 76 player trying to shoot an enemy Zenyatta out of the sky. The catch? The Zen is animated to look like a helicopter propeller on top.

Eventually, the Zencopter launches a barrage of Pulse Bombs onto the player resulting in a plethora of explosions all over the Junkertown map.

In the comments the creator revealed that he was able to make the propellers and use Tracer’s ultimate as Zen thanks to the newly added “dummy bots” feature which allow for more customization in game modes.

Introducing: the Zencopter from r/Overwatch

If that wasn’t crazy enough, Zezombye teased in the comments that this is just the beginning. “This is a minion that is part of a bigger boss fight,” they revealed.

“OMFG it’s the Hunter-Chopper from Half-Life 2!” one user excitedly wrote prompting Zezombye to reply “Yup, that was my inspiration!”

ValveThe Hunter-Chopper is a boss in Half-Life 2.

Most of the comments demanded that the Workshop creator hand over the code so they could try it out themselves. At first Zezombye was hesitant writing, “I will release it once I’ve finished it” but once enough interest was gained the tune changed.

Zezombye suggested that there was still much more work to be done, so much so that it would take years to finally complete. But provided users with instructions on how they could take on the Zencopter. 


In Half-Life 2, Hunter-Choppers are spotted in City 17 – one of the major locations in the game. Players fight on near the end of the Water Hazard chapter. 

Amusingly, they are piloted by “Overwatch Soldiers”. 

If you want to play this Workshop mode for yourself, the code is “D7R76”. 


Overwatch 2 reportedly won’t release in 2021, new heroes “unlikely”

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch 2 report is further casting doubt on the sequel releasing in 2021, but it hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of new heroes coming out for the current game.

Lots of new rumors about Overwatch 2 have been swirling lately, with notable insider Metro, who originally leaked info about the game prior to its announcement, claiming development is proceeding very slowly.

Now, an Overwatch League source has reportedly claimed that the 2021 season will only be played on one game.

According to a report from The Game Haus’ Robert Hanes, a team source revealed that the reason the season was delayed to April was for teams to get players’ visas approved and so the league could figure out the format.

Blizzard Entertainment
We’ve been waiting on Overwatch 2 news for what seems like forever.

This, unfortunately, rules out any hope fans may have had that the season’s delay was a sign that Overwatch 2 would be releasing soon.

While this doesn’t rule out a potential beta version of Overwatch 2 being released, especially with BlizzCon 2021 in February, it’s unlikely we get the full game in any capacity.

That all said, the source does have some potentially good news. When asked about new heroes coming in the 2021 season, the source said “TBD on new heroes, but seems unlikely.”

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Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch 2 is heavily focused on PvE gameplay.

Previously, the Overwatch devs have said that Echo would be the last hero released for the original game, so even getting a “to be decided” on this could give us a touch of hope.

If development is going very slow, it’s possible the devs may throw fans a bone in the form of a new hero to tide them over in the meantime.

The OWL season is scheduled to begin in April and conclude a few months later. Assuming a new hero isn’t revealed at BlizzCon, the only logical point to introduce a new character could be in-between one of the four tournaments.

Push game mode in Overwatch
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“Push” is a new game mode coming to Overwatch 2.

This narrows down the possible timeframes where a new hero could make their way to the game while still being playable during the season.

In any case, we’ll hopefully learn a lot more about Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, but at this rate, don’t expect to see a release date.