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Orchid Echo skin would perfectly celebrate Overwatch’s Singaporean hero

Published: 21/Apr/2020 22:48 Updated: 21/Apr/2020 22:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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An artist created an incredible skin for Overwatch’s newest hero, Echo, and capitalized on her Singaporean roots.

Overwatch’s Echo is the first hero from Singapore to be added to the game and some of her voice lines are in ‘Singlish’ – an unofficial mishmash of the English language and Singapore’s slang.

While the character may be from the South Asian city-state, you wouldn’t know it just by looking at her, being an Omnic and all. As such, artist and Redditor Omo-bora took it upon themselves to create a skin to celebrate the character’s heritage.

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Echo is the last hero until Overwatch 2.

“As a Singaporean I was pretty hyped for Echo, but her Skins were lacking in Singaporean flavor,” the user said in a post on Reddit. “So I designed an Orchid Skin for her!”

The skin utilizes the colors of Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, and builds from there with some fancy garden designs on her body and a blooming petal face.

It’s such a shame to pay homage to the flower and not include some of its beautiful colors and petals,” Omo-bora noted. “Especially when Echo kind of looks like a forest pixie with the right design.”

This isn’t the only fan-made skin that tributes Singapore; Irish Overwatch player Andy Bohan also crafted a unique World Cup-themed skin for the new hero.

In this take, the skin is built around the country’s national flag and its red and white colors.

While other characters have skins that pay homage to their nationality, many of those are only available during the Summer Games event, so it’s possible that Echo may be getting a real Singapore skin in a few months.

Hopefully, we see even more countries represented once more heroes are added in Overwatch 2.

One such country is Canada as it was confirmed at BlizzCon 2019 that the Canadian hero Sojourn will be releasing alongside the sequel.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.