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Overwatch and Paladins square off in epic crossover

Published: 8/Jul/2019 20:31 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 9:48

by Bill Cooney

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One creative fan combined two of their favorite games – Overwatch and Paladins – into one amazing piece of crossover art.

There’s always been a healthy amount of competition between Paladins and Overwatch, since the games were fairly similar when came out at around the same time.

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So Overwatch and Paladins fan Tovio Rogers decided to create a great homage to both games by putting heroes from each together in an awesome piece of art.

Hi-Rez Studios/Blizzard EntertainmentSure, there are some similarities.

Reaper, is that you?

Tovio’s piece is split down the middle, with a group of Overwatch heroes on the left and their Paladins champions counterparts on the right.

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On top are Mei and Evie, who both have ice-based abilities and the power to turn into icecubes, followed by Moira facing off against Imani just below.

Next up are Zarya and Ash, who can both shield allies, before getting to Reaper and Androxus, who might look the most similar of any characters when comparing Overwatch and Paladins.

D.Va faces off against fellow mech pilot Ruckus, who may drive a wooden machine but has pretty similar abilities to Hana Song’s Korean military hardware.

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Tracer and Maeve square off just before the bottom, where Rogers finished things up with Genji and Koga staring each other down for what’s about to be one heck of a ninja battle.

Tovio RogersLook at that, getting along great.

What’s next for Overwatch?

Overwatch players are currently waiting for any news or updates on either the upcoming Summer Games event or Hero 31.

Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s director, said earlier in the year that the Summer Games would begin sometime around the beginning of August.

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Blizzard EntertainmentSummer Games should start near the beginning of August.

Kaplan also confirmed that Hero 31, whoever or whatever it ends up being, would be coming soon as well, but didn’t get any more specific than that about Overwatch’s next new hero.

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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.