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Overwatch crossover transforms Wrecking Ball into iconic Pokemon starter

Published: 14/Dec/2019 23:50 Updated: 4/May/2020 15:42

by Alan Bernal

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A talented Overwatch fan created the most fitting way of introducing Pokemon-inspired skins to the game with an incredibly fitting crossover starring Wrecking Ball.

Blizzard routinely incorporates skin designs inspired by movies and some with subtle hints to other mega franchises in entertainment. The artistic portion of the fanbase have taken cues from the devs in creating reimaginings for the heroes in Overwatch.

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There’s been a long history of skin designs that are so good that the community wonder what it would take to get it into the game, and this Pokemon crossover definitely is definitely hitting a high note with players.

BlizzardWrecking Ball has always given off some Pikachu vibes, but this design finally materializes it.

Taking some creative liberties with Hammond’s species, Reddit user ‘wucked’ revealed a “cursed” Hammond-Pikachu design which takes the Horizon Lunar Colony experiment and gives them a shocking twist.

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Hammond can be seen donning yellow fur with red spots on his cheeks, and with the iconic tail of the mouse Pokemon.

While the rescheme only gets a little disturbing when zooming in, the concept as a whole is incredibly charming.

wucked via RedditThe crossover shows Wrecking Ball in the style of Pikachu with a huge Pokeball.

The hero’s modified escape pod also got a fitting upgrade as it’s now a gigantic Pokeball being maneuvered by the yellow Hammond.

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Ash Ketchum’s reluctant starter Pokemon infamously rejected the idea of being confined in a Pokeball, and this kind of fits the same theme since Hammond spends a lot of time outside of his mechanical shell to taunt and gun down opponents.

Even though it only exists in concept, this was a design which instantly got attention from players around the Overwatch subreddit for how fitting it would be in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

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Maybe skins like these could get more Switch players interested in Overwatch.

“Come on Blizzard. Give us this even if it’s a Switch exclusive,” user ‘Tobar26th’ said.

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Not only would a platform-exclusive skin would be a perfect place to introduce this type of crossover, it would also be an immense help for more Switch players to pick up Overwatch on the handheld console.

This skin would be perfect for players to finally know how it feels for a Pokeball to ram you at high-speeds, making it a hilarious design that hopefully Blizzard considers.

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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.