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Overwatch finally reveals release date for new hero Echo

Published: 9/Apr/2020 18:06 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 18:43

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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The release date for Overwatch’s 32nd hero Echo has finally been revealed after the damage-per-second character was first announced on March 18.

Echo has been on the Public Test Region since March 19, and has received several changes while developers fine-tuned her for the live release.

On April 9, the official Overwatch Twitter account revealed when she’s due to hit the live servers. “Following the flight plan. Echo swoops into Overwatch on April 14!” they tweeted.

The character’s movement could be compared to a mix of Pharah and Mercy, as she flies up into the air with insane dynamic aerial mobility. Her primary fire, Tri-Shot, consists of three projectiles that are grouped into a triangle that can critical headshot enemies and deal 17 points of damage each.

She also has Sticky Bombs and Focusing Beam – the first being an ability that allows her to blow up opponents from afar, as they detonate after a delay; and the latter shooting out a “crazy” burst of energy which can melt through barriers like butter.

Finally, her ultimate, Duplicate, causes her to transform into an enemy with extremely fast ult generation – 650% faster than normal, in fact.

OW director Jeff Kaplan had previously stated that the DPS hero is the last new character coming to the shooter before its sequel, 2, comes out – “for now,” at least.

“I don’t think we’ll see more heroes for [the game]. We’re heavily focused on Overwatch 2 at this point,” he stated in a video with Stylosa. “There is development happening, but we don’t want people’s expectations in the wrong place. For now, we will not be getting another Overwatch hero.”

It had previously been unknown whether she would be coming to the FPS before the sequel, as she was first unveiled all the way back in 2018 in the Reunion animated short, and was later shown in the 2 announcement trailer at BlizzCon 2019.

While Echo is still on the PTR, players will have to wait a few more days until she’s available for everyone across all platforms upon live release on April 14.

Expect DPS queues to be insane for the first few days while players fight for a chance to try out the newest hero.

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Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin

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Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

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Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.