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Overwatch map editor finally lets players fix Paris and Horizon themselves

Published: 21/Aug/2020 20:50

by Bill Cooney

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A new creation mode in the Overwatch Workshop finally allows players to edit the game’s maps with additional walls, platforms, doorways, and more.

Since the very early days of Overwatch, some players have dreamed about being able to build their own maps in the game, and now that finally seems to possible thanks to the Workshop mode.

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The “Workshop Map Editor” allows you to build your own ramps, platforms, and walls. You can even cut out parts of walls and surfaces that already exist to create all-new doors and pathways.

Custom-built surfaces in the map editor look like a scene out of some kind of Tron meets Overwatch fever dream, but they honestly do a decent job, once you figure out and realize what you’re looking at.

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But building your own floating obstacle course superstructure isn’t all this mode is good for though, you can actually use it to build on top of already existing maps.

Take Paris for example, the first choke there has been a major complaint from players since the map came out, but with the editor, adding more routes is no problem at all.

Suddenly, with a new attacking high ground, and an additional route through on either side of the choke, Paris’s first point becomes a much less daunting task for attackers.

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Using Yurodd’s Workshop Map Editor to make drastic changes to Paris first choke (new highground, cut-throughs, ramp up to first highground). from Competitiveoverwatch

What about Horizon Lunar Colony? Well, with a few more high ground options for attacks on the first point, things would become much more interesting for both offense and defense.

Another demo of Yurodd’s Map Editor – Adding attacker high grounds to Horizon Lunar Colony first point. Try it out yourself! Code: CMND5 from Competitiveoverwatch

Being able to add doors and pathways would definitely allow for improvements to be made by players to both Paris and Horizon’s second points as well. Which are, arguably, much more troublesome for players than either map’s first points.

Only time will tell what kinds of changes to these maps and the rest featured in Overwatch players will make. But, based on the insane amount and variety in Workshop modes the community has turned out over the years, we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes open.

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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.