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Overwatch unveils fantastic new Reinhardt skin for Year of the Pig

Published: 21/Jan/2019 1:25 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 1:31

by Bill Cooney

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The latest skin to be revealed for Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is an instant classic for Reinhardt called ‘Guan Yu’.

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event happens around this time every year and so far, skins for Reaper and Hanzo have been revealed.

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Hanzo and Reinhardt’s skins have something in common: they’re both rocking some massive, flowing facial hair.

Reinhardt’s skin has a good-looking green and gold theme, and there’s an awesome looking dragon head on his arm for his shield.

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It’s a bit hard to tell from the official reveal video, but Reinhardt’s hammer seems to be made out of some kind of green stone, and also features a fearsome-looking dragon head on top.

Overwatch’s tweet about the new skin also mentioned Capture the Flag, which probably means the mode will be coming back to Arcade Mode for this year’s event. 

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is themed each year on the Chinese zodiac, and this year is celebrating the Year of the Pig.

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The event starts on Thursday, January 24 and will go on until Monday, February 18; just after the first weekend of the Overwatch League.

There’s still four days left until the beginning of the Year of the Pig celebrations, which means we could see at least four more new skins revealed before then.

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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.