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Overwatch players aren’t happy about the game’s new menu screen

Published: 14/Feb/2019 23:21 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 16:51

by Bill Cooney

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The second season of the Overwatch League is here and to celebrate, Overwatch introduced a bright white menu screen that is rubbing some players the wrong way.

It’s not the first time Overwatch has put an all white background on the main menu, and it’s not the first time fans have complained about it, either.

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The Overwatch anniversary event features an all white background, and causes plenty of complaints each year.

A recent post to the Overwatch subreddit by user Owlero complaining about the new menu already has over 16,000 upvotes.

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The effects can be especially glaring just after a game, which takes you from a darker screen to the blinding white light of the main menu.

A few clever Reddit users suggested that having the lights on in the same room while playing could lessen the strain on the eyes, but it did little to placate the mob.

Owlero even made a hilarious visual representation of the retinal assault that happens when a player opens a loot box in the white void menu.

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Can we get a “night” version of the League menu, please? from r/Overwatch

Sure some people won’t have a problem with the new menu, but those people probably don’t see any problem with using Discord’s light mode either.

Compared to other problems players are having with Overwatch, the color or brightness of the main menu might not be too pertinent, but it’s definitely attracted plenty of attention.

There’s been no word on whether a fix or a night mode will ever be available for Overwatch’s white menu screens, so for now players will just have to suffer through it for at least the first weekend of Overwatch League.

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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.