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Overwatch player discovers secret about how highlight intros are made

Published: 9/Jan/2020 16:33

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has discovered the secret behind how highlight intros are really made after finding a new perspective on Mei’s ‘Frosty :)’ intro.

Reddit user Owlero came across a frame in Mei’s highlight intro that gives a whole new look at what’s really going on, and offers some insight into how the intros are made.

Highlight intros change their background to whatever map they are featured on, and it might be easy to assume – especially for the more extravagant intros – that Blizzard have simply created a series of animations outside of the game that are played when appropriate.

Blizzard EntertainmentHighlight intros give Overwatch heroes a chance to show off before a clip featuring them is played.

Instead, to accomplish this it seems that Blizzard actually use the in-game maps and models to produce the intros, placing the characters within the map themselves and having them perform the intro, like actors on a set, with the camera placed so as to capture the desired effect.

What this means, however, is that when you get a look from a different camera angle at how those shots are really captured, things don’t always look quite so polished. The behind-the-scenes view of Mei’s ‘Frosty :)’, for instance, reveals the bizarre floating window on which she’s drawing.

For a single frame, highlight intros reveal their true nature. from r/Overwatch

This isn’t the only time fans have gotten a peak behind the curtain at how the animations and models in-game are actually made. For instance, the various ‘R.I.P.’ victory poses, which see heroes breaking out from beneath a gravestone, do actually have the full character model beneath them, often in some rather awkward poses to make the visible side look right.

Curious fans can even see how the animation itself for Mei’s ‘Frosty :)’ intro was done, with animator David Gibson chronicling his work and showing off the process in a sped-up video. This is the first time, however, that fans have seen how the intro is actually manifested in-game.

It’s not clear yet whether these kinds of alternative angles can be found for other heroes, although there are certainly plenty that would be interesting to see from a new perspective.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.