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New Overwatch Workshop mode puts a fun twist on classic game type

Published: 1/Oct/2019 22:54 Updated: 1/Oct/2019 23:51

by Brad Norton

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One of the first new modes the Overwatch community took to after the Workshop creation suite was introduced, Gun Game, has seen a unique revamp in this brand new creation.

First released on the Public Test Realm in April of 2019, Blizzard introduced the Workshop as a way for members of the Overwatch community to mold their very own custom games, right down to the finest details.

Thanks to access to all sorts of in-game coding and functionality access, a Gun Game variant quickly rose to the top of the public custom game list and has been a novel way to kill time ever since. 

On paper, the idea of the game-mode is to rapidly swap heroes after each and every elimination. Going through all hero types from Support to Tank on your way to victory.

Putting a unique spin on the concept, in the newly created mode from Workshop specialist ‘Jokaes,’ rather than swapping heroes after each kill, you now evolve from hero to hero following the accumulation of 1000 damage. 

In total, players will need 10,000 damage to earn themselves a victory in this novel game mode, meaning a total of 10 eliminations will net you the win.

The assortment of heroes is entirely randomized each match, but what is known is you will compete across a mix of eight DPS characters, one tank, and one support. Therefore, it’s safe to say the mode aims to test a wide range of skills and ensure your hero pool is deep enough to come out on top.

For the time being, the game is only available through the Workshop, however if it grows to be popular enough, there’s a good chance that Blizzard could include it as a featured game type for all to see in the Arcade section of the menu.

One of the great things about the creation suite in Overwatch now, if you have any thoughts on ways to improve the experience throughout this unique take on Gun Game, you can simply enter the mode and tweak any and all settings you like to strike a new balance.

Blizzard - OverwatchSome crafty creators even designed a painting mode, allowing players to paint the maps how they please.

Some of the all-time great Workshop creations vary from Uno in Overwatch, to a recreation of Flappy Bird. You can check out a full list of the most popular modes here.

You can also copy the Workshop code for the Gun Game variant here and test the game type out for yourself in a custom game with friends, or set up a public lobby for others to join online.

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Why an Overwatch 2 delay could be a blessing in disguise

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:38 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 23:41

by Bill Cooney

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We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever on Overwatch 2 and everyone wants to see big news at BlizzConline 2021. But if we don’t get a release date, we shouldn’t be treating it like the end of the world.

The hype around Overwatch 2 was incredible when the first trailer and gameplay were revealed at BlizzCon 2019 but, after that, it steadily died down to little more than background noise with no official updates or news whatsoever coming from Jeff Kaplan and the team since.

Really, it’s only coming back on everyone’s radar because of BlizzConline, the online replacement for the canceled 2020 convention starting on February 19. Of course, we don’t know anything about what’s officially going to be covered there, but so far people have been saying we could see anything from just a few shots of new heroes, maps, and other content, all the way to a full-on release date.

But, drawing a line in the sand with a set date could be one of the worst things to do to the game before it even comes out.

Everyone obviously wants to play a good game day one on release, but, we’ve all come to expect to be drip-fed information on the newest upcoming titles at every stage, and to know roughly when they’re coming out. This hasn’t happened for Overwatch 2, and to say people are starting to get anxious over it would be arriving very late to the party.

The way it works though is if a game has a set release date from developers of publishers, then it becomes news when or if that date gets delayed or pushed back, and you better believe the pitchforks will come out on Twitter when people find out they’ll have longer to wait.

You may have seen where this is going, but take Cyberpunk 2077 for example — from E3 through the lead-up to the release (which was delayed multiple times) we were shown video after video of incredible-looking gameplay and promised an immersive, futuristic world to get lost in. We got neither.

Instead, most of us got a bug-filled mess that barely worked unless you had a high-end PC or the latest gen console, and even then it still didn’t deliver everything that was promised. It was so bad, Sony even pulled it from the PlayStation store. Now, just imagine that happening to Overwatch.

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Concept art, screenshots, trailers, and a bit of gameplay are basically all we’ve had to tide us over since 2019.

Not to say Jeff and the Overwatch team aren’t capable of delivering an amazing product — they’ve proven they can do that already — but for the sequel to be the best that it can be, they should take all the time they need. We all want to play OW2 ASAP, but if they need to hold off on a release date a while longer to avoid a broken, buggy joke, then so be it.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” Kaplan said about a release date all the way back at BlizzCon 2019. “Just let us make it great, that’s all we care about more than anything, we don’t have a date in mind.”

That kind of thinking might be a bit of what endears Jeff to the community, as someone who worked on World of Warcraft when today’s “Classic” was just the entire game, he’s one of the last links to the “old Blizzard,” one that even had its own definition of the word “soon™” coined by fans, which is good to keep in mind as we continue to wait for Overwatch 2.

“Soon™: Copyright pending 2004-2021 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon™” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end-user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”