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Overwatch: Fan-favorite B.O.B. now playable thanks to Workshop

Published: 14/Jun/2019 10:50 Updated: 14/Jun/2019 11:17

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has made Ashe’s sidekick B.O.B. a “playable” character with the Workshop.

The Workshop has given Overwatch players a huge amount of control when creating new game modes, not only able to design rules for the mode itself but also able to influence fundamental mechanics like hero abilities and player perspectives.

Now, Overwatch player u/Gbeast71 has used the Workshop to give players control over fan-favorite character B.O.B., Ashe’s omnic sidekick and ultimate ability.

B.O.B. was an immediate hit with Overwatch players upon the reveal of Ashe, and now you can be directly responsible for whether he “does something.”

When Ashe uses her ultimate, instead of B.O.B. charging off on his own, the player is transferred into his perspective. The mode uses Reinhardt to imitate B.O.B.’s initial charge, before switching to a Soldier: 76 with his Tactical Visor ultimate for B.O.B.’s stationary shooting phase.

[Workshop] So I made Bob playable … sorta from r/Overwatch

Unfortunately, it’s not currently possible to make B.O.B. a fully-fledged hero in his own right. Players can’t yet work with character models and therefore have no means of taking B.O.B. and separating him from Ashe, although it would be possible to approximate his abilities in a similar manner to this.

This isn’t the only example of the Workshop being used to adjust what a particular hero is capable of or how their abilities work. Prolific Workshop creator DarwinStreams has notably developed an improved animation for Genji’s Swift Strike, offered Reinhardt a Brigitte-style Shield Bash, and given Roadhog a hilarious means of becoming a jump pad for his teammates.

Blizzard EntertainmentB.O.B. was an immediate hit with Overwatch players.

It’s an exciting time for Overwatch players, not only with the Workshop offering an infinite number of new ways to play the game, but with a variety of other new content and features to look forward to on the horizon.

The Replays system currently on the Public Test Realm (PTR) will allow players to watch back their games with full observer tools, a valuable feature for both content creators and players looking to improve by reviewing their play.

There have also been hints of more exciting content coming in the future, with reports on a PvE-focused “Overwatch 2” and, in the more immediate future, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan teasing changes to the typical summer content schedule.

Exact details of what fans have to look forward to remain to be seen, but it’s likely that details for summer at least will begin to emerge in the coming weeks.


Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton


An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

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Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4