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Overwatch leak claims to reveal 2020 Anniversary Event date

Published: 8/May/2020 20:13

by Michael Gwilliam

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A leaker may have revealed the date of the 2020 Overwatch Anniversary Event, and it could be coming a lot sooner than fans think.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch Subreddit, user ‘Bloomer_ow’ claimed that PTR patch 1.48 would be hitting the live servers on Tuesday, May 12 – and that the Anniversary will come with it.

Bloomer has a history of accurate patch leaks. On April 21, he claimed that there would be an Experimental Mode patch the very next day, and there indeed was one.

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The Anniversary Event brings some amazing skins.

Additionally, the user says he previously went by the name ‘tokycheat,’ and was responsible for a series of other leaks that proved to be true.

The Anniversary Event is one of Overwatch’s most prestigious LTMs, with all previous event skins and cosmetics being available for purchase or in special loot boxes.

Previous Anniversary Events also brought back popular limited-time arcade modes, such as Junkenstein’s Revenge, Archives, and Lucio Ball.

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Are you ready for some Lucio Ball?

If Bloomer’s leak is accurate, this will be the earliest that the Anniversary Event has ever gone live in the month of May. In 2017, the event began on May 23. In 2018 it started on May 24 and last year it ran from May 22 to June 11.

Bloomer doesn’t seem to be the only leaker in town either; insider ‘OverwatchNaeri’ claimed that new videos had been pre-registered on the game’s YouTube channel, but provided no further information.

Normally, Blizzard will build up hype for their events by pre-releasing videos of new skins and event celebration clips, so it’s possible that they could have been uploaded to the company’s social media channels.

It will be interesting to see if the event does in fact hit the live servers on May 12, but given the previous start dates, we should be seeing it in May at some point regardless.

So, you better save your coins in case there’s a new skin that really blows your mind.

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Overwatch community loving bizarre Symmetra turret with legs

Published: 9/Jan/2021 22:20

by Bill Cooney

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One creative Overwatch fan has given Symmetra’s turrets something no one has ever thought they needed: legs. And the addition caused quite the reaction online.

Symmetra’s turrets, annoying as they are, have been around since day one, and while she can throw them now and only use a total of three now compared to the six she used to be able to deploy before her rework in 2018, they function in a similar way.

They can be stuck to any surface on the map, but one thing they can’t do is just get up and move, until now, as Irish Overwatch creator ‘Andygmb’ has given the adorable little orbs big ol’ Echo-like legs to strut around on.

The limbs do look like they sprouted right out of the turrets, and they aren’t just copy/pastes of Echo’s despite our comparison — these are completely original 3D creations, added on to the in-game turret.

Before you start wondering, no, this is not in Overwatch and was made in a separate program. But Andy did provide us with a few previews of what could be if Blizzard were to take his suggestion and roll with it.

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You’re playing defense on Hollywood and see this coming towards you, which direction are you running?

On Twitter, there seemed to be a general consensus that seeing Sym’s turrets with legs is absolutely “terrifying” and reminded one user of those Boston Dynamics robots, which are also very creepy in their own right.


Over on Reddit, everyone was also either rightly disturbed by a walking Symmetra turret, or they fell in love with the design, literally. We won’t even talk about the degeneracy they got into. Instead, we’ll just leave this link right here, and if you want you can read through the comments for yourself — just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Besides giving us some serious Portal 2 vibes, it also makes you wonder what it would be like if Sym deployed turrets similar to how Ashe sends out B.O.B., most likely that would be massively overpowered, but make for a great custom game mode.

For now, it’s still not possible to import external assets into the Overwatch Workshop, and while there have been a ton of features added, this means it would be tough to actually make in-game.

We don’t think Jeff Kaplan has plans to give the turret legs in Overwatch 2, but heroes will have upgradable abilities in the new PvE mode, so who’s to say it couldn’t really happen?