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Overwatch April Fools’ joke helps players channel their inner Reinhardt

Published: 1/Apr/2019 11:33 Updated: 1/Apr/2019 22:27

by Joe O'Brien


This year’s Overwatch April Fools’ joke helps you get into character as one of the game’s most popular tanks, Reinhardt.

Reinhardt has long been among the more prominent and popular characters in Overwatch. Not only has he often had a place at the center of the prevailing meta, but he’s also endeared many players with his optimistic and exuberant attitude, while the “Honor and Glory” that takes a more solemn look at his past and motivations is considered by many to be some of Blizzard’s best story work.

For a short time at the start of April, Overwatch players will have another reason to play Reinhardt, as he’s the subject of Blizzard’s April Fools’ joke for 2019.

When playing Reinhardt, all messages you type through in-game chat will be automatically capitalized to reflect the invariably loud and enthusiastic manner of Reinhardt, as well as having added exclamation marks and ending every sentence with one of his voice lines, such as “Precision German engineering!” and “Catchphrase!”.

u/xlaxplayaReinhardt players will find all of their messages automatically adjusted.

Unfortunately, console players will miss out on this particular April Fools’ joke, due to the lack of text chat on their platforms.

Blizzard’s missing mischief

This isn’t the first year that this April Fools’ joke has appeared – in fact, it was first added in 2017. As far as anyone has noticed so far, however, Blizzard haven’t added anything new for this year’s iteration.

Historically, Blizzard has been one of the more active developers for April Fools’ day. Some of their false announcements in years past have included the supposed addition of “T.I.N.D.R.” for Garrison Followers or a Battle Dance System in World of Warcraft, for example, and Blizzard even keep an archive of their own jokes from 1999 to 2015.

In Overwatch, however, not much of Blizzard’s mischievous streak has ever manifested, so players will have to content themselves with uncontrollably shouting “CATCHPRASE!” when trying to communicate by text chat as Reinhardt.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.