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Roadhog gets buffed with hilarious new ability in Overwatch Workshop

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has used the Workshop to give Roadhog a perfect buff with a hilarious new ability.

The Workshop has proven a massive hit with Overwatch players, giving them the ability to develop their own new game modes with very few limitations on what’s now possible.

As well as being able to create new game types, the tools available in the Workshop allow creators to play around with heroes abilities, from adjusting how existing heroes work to prototyping entirely new hero concepts.

Prolific creator DarwinStreams’ latest Workshop mode explores a means of buffing Roadhog that is equal parts hilarious and effective.

The mode allows Roadhog to lie down to become a jump pad for his teammates. Friendly heroes that jump on his massive belly will be launched into the air, meaning that Roadhog can be used to help heroes without vertical mobility reach locations and take routes that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

This isn’t the first hero “improvement” that Darwin has made in the Workshop. He’s also explored giving Reinhardt a Brigitte-style Shield Bash, as well as an animation improvement for Genji’s Swift Strike.

While this Roadhog change is rather unlikely to ever make it into the actual game, it’s not impossible that Blizzard could take inspiration from some player-made Workshop ideas and implement hero changes in the future.

Darwin has also been responsible for some of the most popular Overwatch Workshop modes so far, producing everything from useful practice modes for Ana and Reinhardt, to fun modes like “Torbjörnball 2k19” and Overwatch Pictionary. His “D.Va Racing” mode is also one of the top 10 most popular so far, according to Blizzard.

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The Workshop has been hugely popular with Overwatch players.

It’s an exciting time to be an Overwatch player, with more options than ever to play fun new game modes, or improve your competitive play with dedicated practice tools. Meanwhile, Replays are set to offer yet another avenue for content creation, while Overwatch League fans have the power to watch back matches with full observer controls.

Fans of PvE content and Overwatch lore might even have an entirely new game to look forward to in the reported “Overwatch 2”, and Jeff Kaplan has also hinted that changes could be coming for the typical summer content schedule.

Exactly what those changes will be remains to be seen, but fans can likely expect more details towards the end of June or early July, when the next new hero is due to be revealed.