Overwatch devs get their wish as insane D.Va and BOB reworks come to life - Dexerto

Overwatch devs get their wish as insane D.Va and BOB reworks come to life

Published: 9/Sep/2020 3:32

by Brad Norton


Overwatch developers wanted to see a few new abilities for their favorite characters and the community has answered the call with stunning Workshop creations.

Transferring certain abilities to the wrong heroes has been a running gag within the Overwatch community. From Orisa climbing walls to Genji deploying his own turret, the devs have gone wild lately.

Many developers at Blizzard were involved in a September 7 video where they outlined what wacky creations they’d like to see next. Jeff Kaplan asked if Genji could build a turret and the animation team jumped right on it. However, a few requests were left up in the air.

Rather than waiting for official videos, the Overwatch community rushed to rework certain heroes in-game. Through the powerful Workshop toolkit, characters have been given powers they never could have imagined.

The first request met by the community came from Principal Animator Jesse Davis. “I kind of imagine seeing B.O.B. do something a lot more fun,” he joked. “He comes out of nowhere right? I was thinking maybe he could fly.” Just a day later and there’s already a new Workshop mode to meet the demand.

‘EloHellWorkshop’ put together an amusing video on Eichenwalde that showed the companion ‘doing something.’ He spawned in well above the second phase high-ground, shooting down at enemies below. 

To make matters worse, the Omnic was even able to move through the sky during this version of the Ultimate. Typically, B.O.B. is stuck to the ground once deployed. But this rework truly gives him the power of flight.

Next up was a request from Associate Engineer Jessie Yang. “I think we should let baby D.Va blink,” she said. “She has 150HP, Tracer has 150HP… it’s only fair.”

In no time at all this powerful blend of heroes and abilities came to life. Once D.Va was out of her mech, she could Blink around Hanamura just like Tracer.

Perhaps this combination would be a little too powerful for the Tank hero. Though it would certainly make things easier when trying to call in another mech.

Overwatch Bastion gameplay
Bastion could soar above choke points with this powerful rework.

Last but not least, lead character technical artist Dylan Jones put forward a common request. He wanted to see Bastion fly and thankfully, that creation has already gained traction in the community. Following a hilarious demo outside of the game, a new Workshop mode actually took Bastion off the ground.

Most of these hero reworks can be made with relative ease thanks to the Workshop tools. You can mess around with the Bastion rework using this code: A2BTM.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
Blizzard Entertainment
Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.