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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.


Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.