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Magical Overwatch skin ideas would be perfect for Zenyatta & Genji

Published: 5/Jul/2020 20:25

by Bill Cooney

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It’s no secret Overwatch players are some of the most creative fans out there, and now one fan has come out with two new magical designs that would be perfect for Zenyatta and his student Genji as the Wizard Merlin and King Arthur.

Even though more than four years after release we still don’t have any kind of Zenyatta lore (animated shorts, comics, etc.), we do know that Genji went to live and train with Zen and other Omnic monks after his apparent death at the hands of his brother Hanzo thanks to in-game voice lines.

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Building off of this, Reddit user and Overwatch fan MrChumpii decided to turn Zen into the Wizard Merlin and Genji into King Arthur himself, who were also teacher and student to one another.

Starting with Zen, the Omnic would actually make a picture-perfect version of the wizard in Overwatch. His orbs have been turned into crystal balls, and we’ll never say no to another skin that gives him a luxurious, flowing beard.

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"Merlin Zenyatta and King Arthur Genji" made by me (your friendly neighborhood Mr.Chumpii) from Overwatch

His Discord and Harmony orbs have been turned into ice and fire balls respectively, and as with his beard, Zenyatta can always use skins that give him more hats.

A knight skin isn’t anything new to Overwatch, both Brigitte and Rein have armor in tons of their skins, but Genji’s royal gold and chainmail look would definitely be one of the most unique cosmetics in the game.

His Dragonblade has been replaced with the legendary sword Excalibur, which would resemble the blade from his Baihu Lunar New Year skin. Instead of shurikens, the King Arthur Shimada would throw tiny little throwing knives, an idea that surprisingly hasn’t been done at all before.

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Baihu is the only Genji skin (so far) that features a straight blade, much like how Excalibur would look if the King Arthur skin was real.

We haven’t seen any new skins for a while in Overwatch, since the 2020 Anniversary event in May to be precise, but there is relief on the horizon, and the Summer Games event should be starting soon.

The event usually begins sometime in middle to late July, and runs through into August. It’s generally considered to be one of the best events for skins and cosmetics in the game, and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store – even if the Merlin and King Arthur skins for Zenyatta and Genji aren’t included.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.