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Overwatch streamer has hilarious reaction to Jeff Kaplan joining her at BlizzCon

Published: 5/Nov/2018 13:51

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch streamer Fran had a hilarious reaction when Jeff Kaplan dropped into her stream at BlizzCon.

Part of the Overwatch section of BlizzCon involved having popular Overwatch streamers broadcast live from the event. Doing so gave viewers from home a means of seeing some of the new content in action.

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During these streams, Overwatch developers occasionally dropped in to talk about the game, discussing new hero Ashe in more detail and also allowing the various streamers to act as a conduit for fan questions for those that couldn’t make it to BlizzCon.

Fran was one such streamer at BlizzCon, but when she saw which developer exactly her Q&A session would be with, it was clear she wasn’t expected the Overwatch game director himself.

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To Overwatch fans and players, Jeff Kaplan isn’t just another developer. Not only is he the game director, but he’s also the face of the game, communicating Blizzard’s plans via developer updates and taking the main spotlight whenever Blizzard has a significant Overwatch presentation to make.

Beyond his position of authority over the game, however, Kaplan’s popularity also stems from his reputation as an old-school, hardcore gamer.

Before even joining Blizzard, Kaplan was a well-known player on EverQuest, under the name “Tigole”, where he was particularly recognized for some epic (and expletive-filled) forum rants about the state of the game before getting a job working on World of Warcraft to prove he could do better.

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Altogether, the result is a celebrity status for Kaplan that’s rarely afforded to game developers, and subsequently the increased likelihood of these kind of reactions when he drops in on an Overwatch player unannounced.

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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.