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Roadhog gets buffed with hilarious new ability in Overwatch Workshop

Published: 13/Jun/2019 11:58 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 12:27

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe 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.

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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.

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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.