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Overwatch devs reveal hilarious Genji rework you didn’t know you needed

Published: 8/Sep/2020 2:44

by Andrew Amos

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The Overwatch developers love recreating the community’s ideas for hero reworks. From giving Orisa and Torbjorn the ability to wall climb and making Zenyatta walk, Team 4 have now come up with quite possibly their best one yet: giving Genji Torbjorn’s turret.

Back when the Overwatch League had crowds, seeing community request signs were commonplace. Cult favorite characters like Torbjorn often got the most rework requests, like giving the short Swedish engineer the ability to wall climb like Genji or Hanzo.

The devs typically oblige with the funnier ⁠— and easier ⁠— ones. After all, they love the game, so why not have some fun with it?

Genji throwing shurikens in Overwatch on King's Row
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The Overwatch devs have had a bit of fun reworking Genji’s kit.

This time though, the big boss ⁠— Jeff Kaplan ⁠— has come through with a suggestion he wanted his team to work on, and they delivered.

“Can Genji build a turret? I wanna see that,” Kaplan said in a September 7 video. In true Overwatch fashion, Team 4 jumped onto the task right away, giving Genji his own little Torbjorn turret.

Now, Genji’s turret doesn’t shoot out any regular bullets you’d get out of Torbjorn’s contraption. No, the Shimada brother has to do things his own way ⁠— firing out one of his katanas whenever locking onto an enemy. Well, kind of ⁠— they are little noodle-like things.

They didn’t give any new voicelines for Genji deploying his turret, so it’s a bit weird seeing the Japanese DPS character speaking with a thick Swedish accent. However, they managed to bring Kaplan’s vision to life.

That’s not the only horrifying ⁠— or amazing, depending on your opinion ⁠— reworks the Overwatch devs are thinking about. They want to make B.O.B. fly, give Baby D.Va Tracer’s blink, and best of all, let Torbjorn fly like all the recent memes.

“Let Bastion fly! It just seems like such an obvious thing you know? He can already turn into a tank and a big mini gun. Why can’t he turn into a helicopter and fly away? Seems legit to me,” said lead character technical artist Dylan Jones.

Between the wall climbs and fused abilities, soon enough, Overwatch is going to have enough of these crazy community ideas to potentially make an arcade mode. Jeff, if you’re reading, we’re pretty sure this will go gangbusters.

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.