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How to recreate Reinhardt & Brigitte shield link like Overwatch 2 teaser

Published: 17/Jul/2020 7:47

by Andrew Amos

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Overwatch 2 might not be here yet, but you can recreate one of the most iconic scenes from the trailer of the sequel to Blizzard’s FPS title, with a new workshop update allowing Reinhardt and Brigitte to fuse their shields together.

The Zero Hour cinematic for Overwatch 2 was released at BlizzCon 2019. It seems so long ago since we finally got our first glimpse at the sequel for Blizzard’s FPS title.

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Since then, there’s not been much news on the front, aside from a few tidbits about certain Heroes and maps we might see when Overwatch 2 launches. However, the hype has never died down.

Reinhardt and Brigitte locking shields in Overwatch 2 cinematic
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Reinhardt and Brigitte came thrashing through the streets of Paris to help out the rest of Overwatch in the cinematic.

Brigitte and her godfather Reinhardt partner up in the short to help stave omnics off the streets of Paris, joining their shields together to create one mega-barrier. What was once an iconic moment in a video though can now be showcased in Overwatch properly.

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Reddit user ‘jaydenye_jr’ recreated the shields in an Overwatch Workshop mode, thanks to some new tools added in the July 15 update. These tools allow tinkerers to change how certain abilities work, including “scaling barriers.”

Jaydenye got this to work for the Swedish duo. When Brigitte walks near Reinhardt, or vice versa, their two shields will fuse into one, creating a mega shield.

However, there are still some drawbacks to how the shield works in the Workshop. The shield health values don’t change, and because of the way each Hero’s individual shield works, some of the functionality is also lost.

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“When the player’s health is increased, Brigitte’s shield health has no effect, but has increased regeneration rate, and Rein’s is the opposite,” Jaydenye explained.

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“Even if I did the health increase for Rein, it wouldn’t have an immediate effect as his barrier health will still be at 1600, and needs to regenerate while it’s down. There’s also the side effect of the actual players having more health too.”

However, for a Workshop product, it’s still super well polished. Taking the new tools and recreating them to play out one of the most hyped cinematics in Overwatch history is neat.

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Maybe one day down the line Reinhardt and Brigitte will have this interaction properly in-game. For now though, you can only play out this situation in the Workshop. You can use the code K3EDA in Overwatch to find out exactly how it works.

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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.