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Overwatch devs reveal early look at Hanzo’s original wall run

Published: 10/Jun/2020 8:09

by Andrew Amos


Hanzo is one of three Overwatch heroes who can glide across walls in the game. He can scale up them to get a better position to snipe his foes. However, what if he was able to run across them too? Well, that was the original plan Blizzard had in mind.

Both the Shimada brothers have the ability to climb up walls in Overwatch. It makes the duo a lethal threat for any backline, as they get the high ground advantage to rain fire over the tanks.

However, the brothers could have terrorized the Overwatch battlefields even more. To celebrate Overwatch’s fourth anniversary, the developers shared some of their favorite stories about the game ⁠— including the time Hanzo and Genji could ride walls like mountain goats.

Hanzo’s wall climb looked different during development.

Technical director Timothy Ford shared some footage from the early days of Overwatch testing. When Hanzo was “in early development,” his wall climb was meant to not just scale up walls, but across them too. This applied to Lucio and Genji, too.

“This video shows a proof-of-concept wall run that has evolved significantly since this early prototype,” Ford explained.

However, the developers ended up deciding on splitting the climb from the ride. “We eventually split the vertical wall climb (for the Shimada brothers) from the horizontal wall ride (for Lucio).”

According to Ford, creating the wall climb for the three heroes was tricky compared to other games. Given there’s hardly any straight walls in Overwatch, the character physics could get a bit janky.

“In Overwatch, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a wall that is perpendicular to the floor and ceiling,” Ford admitted. “It looks great, but it makes our wall-running arithmetic a bit spicy.”

However, the end product they ended up shipping was smooth, and became part of the Overwatch experience for all players. Without the wall riding, we wouldn’t have Lucio rollouts, and Hanzo would have a hard time reaching high ground.

Can you imagine Overwatch without Lucio’s iconic wallride?

Would Overwatch devs ever look at implementing the full wall run for all three heroes? Probably not. If Genji and Hanzo could do that, they would be incredibly broken.

It’s interesting to reflect on just how those characters were designed though, and how different ⁠— or similar ⁠— the concepts are to what players see today.


Sneaky Overwatch spot gets you to Watchpoint Gibraltar’s high ground fast

Published: 22/Nov/2020 21:26

by Julian Young


In any competitive shooter, good positioning and map control are key factors to achieving victory. The Overwatch community has once again shown how smart movement can benefit players, this time with a clever trick to gain the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Overwatch is a unique title that requires team coordination and individual skill to overcome opponents. Heroes need to synergize their abilities with teammates and perform well on their own to defeat the other team.

Outside of individual skill and good teamwork, positioning and map control are two additional factors to consider when a team plans and executes their strategy. Players are always looking for new ways to exploit their surroundings to help outsmart their enemies.

While many movement techniques are well-known in the Overwatch community, there are still some tricks that not all players are aware of.  In a video posted user ‘Hovspian’, they show off a lesser-known shortcut players can use to reach the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Found a new shortcut to highground on Gibraltar second from Overwatch

In the clip, the player is in the interior room located near Checkpoint B: a fairly open space with bits of cover in various spots and a vehicle hanging from the ceiling. They walk towards a forklift that is holding some containers, and then jump on top of the vehicle’s glass windshield.

From there, they jump onto the containers the forklift is holding, and then to the nearby ledge that lines the interior wall. From that position, they survey the room and show off an impressive vantage point where they can shoot down at any enemies in the open space below.

Overwatch Watchpoint Gibraltar Map
Blizzard Entertainment
An Overwatch player has shared a nifty trick to gain the high ground on Operation: Gibraltar.

While this may not be a new discovery for some Overwatch veterans, not every player knows about it. One user responded shortly after the post went live saying they were not familiar with this particular move, and thanked Hovspian for sharing it. For those unfamiliar with the movement on display in the clip, this climbing maneuver could prove useful in future matches.

Whether they are playing a damage, tank, or support role, all can benefit from movement that provides them with an advantage. This video is another example of how players can outsmart the competition with their movement skills, and add another trick to their existing arsenal.