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Overwatch leak could show sneak-peak at new Rio map

Published: 29/Oct/2019 0:05 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 0:28

by Bill Cooney


A sharp-eyed Overwatch fan has discovered what could be one of the first looks at the Rio de Janeiro map reportedly coming to the game.

The pre-BlizzCon Overwatch hype got a shot in the arm on the last weekend in October with new images, and a report from esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau for ESPN about what would be coming for the game.

Blizzard’s annual party always promises big news for Overwatch, but rumors had been going around since early summer that 2019 was going to be something big.

During the last week of October the dam burst and supposed “leaked” images and information started flooding social media with reports of PvE, leveling talents, new maps, and more.

Blizzard Entertainment“Overwatch 2” is reported to have both PvE and PvP elements.

What can we see of a possible new map?

Reddit user DingusDangledick explained why they thought the background of Tracer’s leaked talent image also shows a look at the Rio de Janeiro map.

“If you look in the very bottom of the image, to the left of Tracer’s chronal accelerator, you can see a turntable setup that looks very similar to the one from Lucio’s “Dance Party” emote,” Dingus points out.

You can definitely see a turntable below some speakers in the image leaked on October 27.

“Furthermore, you can see a stack of speakers in the middle of the screen, soundproof paneling on the walls (like that one room in Hollywood),” they continue. “And what could either be platinum records or more speakers on the far left.”

Dingus also brings up Slasher’s ESPN article, which claims that a new map set in Rio will be announced at BlizzCon on November 1, along with a new hero and the fabled “Overwatch 2”.

The background of the Tracer image doesn’t look exactly like any area in the current version of Overwatch we have now, so DingusDangle could be on to something after all.

The leak from Slasher also mentioned a new game mode called “Push”, and a new map being announced at the same time makes you wonder about the possibilities of Rio being the first map for the new game mode.

Blizzard EntertainmentA new hero is also supposedly going to be revealed at BlizzCon, whether it’s Echo remains to be seen though.

What exactly is Overwatch 2?

Even with the recent deluge of leaks and information about what’s coming for Overwatch, we still don’t know exactly what form it will take or how it will interact with the version of the game we have now.

There’s speculation that Overwatch could go free-to-play while “Overwatch 2” could be the paid content, containing story and PvE. Of course, no one knows for sure except Blizzard at this point.

The leaks might have revealed the new logo and a possible talent system if they’re legit, but we still don’t know how any of it will actually work – and everyone does seem to be talking about Overwatch the week before Blizzard’s biggest weekend of the year.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.