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Idea for Overwatch Arcade mode could help with future updates

Published: 16/Jan/2020 0:33

by Bill Cooney


Members of the Overwatch community have come up with an ingenious idea for a new arcade mode that would earn players loot boxes and potentially help developers balance the game at the same time.

On January 14, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan took to the game’s official forums with a lengthy post that detailed how developers were playing around with a three damage, two support, one tank combination, or “3-2-1.”

Even though Kaplan gave no suggestion that 3-2-1 would ever be coming to Overwatch, his post did inspire some in the game’s community to come up with a means for more players could get involved and give feedback to Blizzard on potential changes.

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Jeff wrote a lengthy post on the Overwatch forums discussing different role queue types developers were testing out.

Overwatch Contenders China caster “BiggHungryPhill” suggested that if developers wanted to bring a change like 3-2-1 into the game, they should make it available in a special Arcade mode first for all players, including those on console, to try out.

“I think Devs were just discussing things they’re looking at with 321,” BHP said about Kaplan’s forum post. “But if not, I want to see it brought in as a limited time arcade event so that the whole community, including console players, get a chance to play around with 321 before it is thrust upon us.”

Overwatch meme lord Bad Pachimari took BHP’s idea a step further with an ‘experimental’ mode for Arcade, which would also allow console players to try changes – which they can’t do on the current PTR that’s only available on PC.

“Devs have said that they don’t get sufficient data for PTR given that people log, check changes, then go off,” Pachimari pointed out.

“Use the arcade. People can earn their boxes whilst trying out a ‘hero ban mode’ or a ‘3 2 1 mode’,” he continued. “And it’ll give the wider playerbase (those that don’t install PTR + Console players) an opportunity to test it – and from that, the Developers can get more sufficient data/statistics.”

As previously mentioned, Kaplan in no way indicated that 3-2-1 would be coming to Overwatch, but his post does seem to have sparked some very interesting discussion among fans.

3-2-1 may not be a good idea for Overwatch, but an Arcade mode that would let all players (including those on console) try out changes currently on the PTR would be very cool – if it’s even possible to accomplish, at all.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.