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Overwatch Players Create Their Own Summer Games Ahead of In-Game Event

Published: 7/Aug/2018 0:51 Updated: 7/Aug/2018 0:56

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch players have been getting ready for this year’s Summer Games by creating their own in-game sports.

The Summer Games event is arriving on August 9, an in-game celebration of summer and sports originally created in honor of the 2016 Olympic Games.


With the exception of Lúcioball, which is only available as a Brawl in-game for the Summer Games, Overwatch doesn’t have any “official” modes that bear any resemblance to traditional sports, so to get into the sporting spirit some players have come up with their own alternatives.

With a bit of co-operation and some custom rules, one group of players managed to create a game of volleyball, Overwatch-style. Reinhardt’s shield acts as a net, and two Genji duos attempt to deflect Tracer’s Pulse Bomb over the top, keeping the ball in the air for as long as possible.


They weren’t the only ones coming up with creative games, however, as another group also showed off another style of game on a similar theme. In their version, two Mercy players set a “bar”, over which the conveniently-spherical Wrecking Ball is knocked back and forth by two Doomfist players.

As well as re-introducing Lúcioball, this year’s Summer Games event will also bring a new range of cosmetic items, of which four legendary skins have been revealed.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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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.