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Overwatch: Race at insane speeds with epic Workshop mode

Published: 11/Jun/2019 15:07 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 15:35

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has created an epic Sprint Racing game mode in the Workshop that sees players race around the map at ever-increasing speeds.

DarwinStreams is one of the Workshop’s most popular and prolific creators, developing a huge variety of modes from fully-fledged games to explorations of interesting mechanics that are now possible thanks to the feature.

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His latest offering sees players race against each other around the map as Soldier: 76, hitting checkpoints to confirm they’ve passed the full length of the “course”, although the exact route each player takes is up to them in areas that have multiple options.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch Workshop has been enormously popular with players.

The catch, however, is that while sprint is activated, the player’s speed will continue to increase, meaning that the race will get more and more frantic the longer it goes on – unless, of course, you run into a wall, in which case the momentum is reset and the speed rebuilds from its default velocity.

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The mode has no collision between players, so it’s purely a question of each player’s ability to navigate the map at speed without crashing into walls. The first player to reach fifteen points is the winner.

Those that wish to try out this mode can do so by importing it with share code CGKAS.

Sprint Racing [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

Darwin is also responsible for a variety of other popular workshop modes, including practice modes for Ana and Reinhardt, as well as fun modes like D.Va racing and Overwatch Pictionary. Players creating their own modes might also benefit from using mechanics like homing and steerable missiles, as well as an improved Genji dash animation, that Darwin has developed.

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Between the release of the Workshop and the upcoming Replays system, which is currently in testing on the Public Test Realm (PTR), Overwatch players have more ways than ever of experiencing the game the way they want to.

With a shake-up in Summer content promised by Jeff Kaplan, and rumors of a new PvE-focused Overwatch game on the horizon, there’s perhaps never been a better time for Overwatch players.

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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.