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Overwatch players discover hidden Wrecking Ball animation

Published: 6/Mar/2020 20:57

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players have uncovered an adorable crouching animation for Hammond that exists in the game’s files, but doesn’t show up during matches because Wrecking Ball isn’t able to change his stance like most other heroes.

D.Va’s mech form and Wrecking Ball are the only heroes in Overwatch that can’t crouch at all. The KPOP star was originally able to crouch in her mech, but that stance was removed, since it could be used to hide her critical hitbox when she looks down at the same time.

We don’t know exactly why developers don’t allow Hammond to crouch during regular matches, but it appears that he is able to get down, after all – it just takes a little tweaking in the Workshop mode to make it happen, as Overwatch tinkerer ‘Owlero’ demonstrated.

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Hammonds ability to swing around might be one of the reasons why he can’t crouch.

Owlero said they found out Hammond could crouch while playing around with computer-controlled clones in the Workshop mode.

“There’s a workshop mode that clones your character,” they explained. “When you hit crouch, you still don’t as Hammond but the other Hammonds do,. D.Va’s clones don’t have a crouch animation, but it does have a sound effect that doesn’t normally play.”

The result is an adorable Hammond animation that sees his mech crouch down, and even has the hamster himself doing a little T-pose.

TIL Wrecking Ball has an unreleased crouch animation from Overwatch

When you look at how Hammond crouches, it does make his hitbox slightly smaller, but it’s still a larger target than his ball form.

What’s interesting as well is that D.Va still has sound effects for crouching, but no animation to go along with it. Perhaps crouching makes her too powerful for developers to be comfortable with.

Overwatch's D.Va in her Black Cat skin.
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Would the ability to crouch make D.va too powerful?

We might never get an answer for why Wrecking Ball can’t crouch in regular games, but at least now we know it is possible – and he looks cute as heck on top of everything else.

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Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton

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An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

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Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4