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Overwatch artist creates stunning Japanese Ashe and B.O.B. skins

Published: 12/Jun/2019 21:41 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 21:55

by Bill Cooney

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One creative Overwatch fan has made new skin concepts for Ashe and B.O.B. that would fit right into the game’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

Ashe and B.O.B. were revealed at BlizzCon 2018, but the pair didn’t get any new skins for the 2019 Lunar New Year event.

So artist and Overwatch fan Zoma Phamoz created some awesome ‘Japanese festival’ style skins for the Fan Art Contest held by Blizzard earlier in 2019.

Zoma PhamozAshe and B.O.B. look ready for Japan.

“Ready for the fireworks to begin”

Ashe has what looks like round black powder grenades instead of the usual sticks of dynamite, and her Viper Rifle has been changed into an old matchlock rifle.

Both she and B.O.B. have been given the appropriate hairstyles, and Ashe would certainly turn some heads with her choice of kimono.

B.O.B. looks great as always, and if you look close you can see the Deadlock Gang logo on the shoulders of his red suit.

Zoma also included a time lapse video of how they made the skins, and it’s pretty interesting to watch the skins come together.

When will Ashe and B.O.B. get new skins?

The next event coming up is Summer Games, which will arrive sometime in August according to Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan, and Ashe and B.O.B. are good candidates for new skins there.

Baptiste was also released after last year’s Summer Games event so he’s probably getting one as well, but the idea of a USA-themed B.O.B. is what really gets us excited for August.

Overwatch players have been promised a lot of new content coming this year, but whether that includes any bonus or unique new skins remains to be seen.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.