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Overwatch players urge devs to add second Communication Wheel

Published: 25/May/2020 19:47

by Michael Gwilliam


With Overwatch’s Communication Wheel receiving a massive upgrade in the 2020 Anniversary patch, players have more options than ever to strategize with their team without using a microphone – but there may be too many options for controller users and not enough space.

For the longest time, the Overwatch Communication Wheel was limited to basic commands like “hello,” “group up,” “need healing,” and sharing one’s Ultimate charge status. However, with the Anniversary update, players can now tell their teammates to retreat, push on forward, ask for assistance and even count down from three to initiate a push.

That said, there’s only so many available spots on the wheel, with players forced to choose between saying “thanks” to their teammates or keeping a command open so they know they’re defending the objective.

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The Overwatch Communication Wheel has more options than ever.

There’s a lack of space on both console and controller, and while special commands can be pre-programmed to individual buttons, it’s not the same as with keyboards, which allow for far more keybindings.

With a controller, the D-pad only has four possible options, and as more features have been added to the game, the more designating one of those buttons to a key gameplay aspect becomes a necessity. For instance, one button pulls up the Communication Wheel, another can be for switching to a side-arm and another can be “interact” – a requirement to pass through Symmetra’s Teleporter.

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Requesting healing can come in handy.

Redditor ‘Gaelfling’ took to the Overwatch subreddit to plead with Blizzard to add a second Communication Wheel, insisting that console users “need” one for the additional options.

“It should be on the main communication wheel (left trigger or right trigger) or able to be bound,” they wrote.

In the comments section, many fellow players agreed, even those who play on PC. “PC players need another one too, unless you’re an alien with extra giant fingers you’re gonna struggle binding everything on keyboard,” Nuu111 noted.

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Telling your team to press the attack can keep the advantage in your favor.

With the idea of adding an extra Communication Wheel gaining traction, it will be interesting to see how Blizzard approaches the suggestion, especially with Overwatch 2 still in development.

Speaking of which, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan did reveal that an Apex Legends-like ping system could be coming for the sequel, so that’s yet another tool that will need to be considered when it comes to valuable D-pad real estate.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.