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Overwatch visual bug gives Wrecking Ball a hilarious third-person mode

Published: 12/Oct/2018 17:16 Updated: 12/Oct/2018 17:17

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player encountered a hilarious visual bug with Wrecking Ball.

Under certain circumstances it seems players can be put into a third-person perspective for Wrecking Ball despite the character appearing in his turret-out mode that is usually seen from first-person, as Redditor u/TheFlyingSaucers discovered.

The bug first appeared in the Public Test Realm and was believed fixed, but it seems there are some circumstances under which it can still occur.

In this instance, it appeared to be as a result of Wrecking Ball being hit by Ana’s Sleep Dart mid-transformation. Subsequently, his model was stuck in the mode that is usually seen in first-person, but was operating in the spherical mode that gives a third-person view.

The result is a rather amusing effect in which the player gets a third-person view as Wrecking Ball runs entirely too fast as he knocks back the opponent.

The most recent Overwatch patch was a major one, introducing a popular in-game event in this year’s Halloween Terror, a rework for Torbjörn, and a host of hero changes. The patch has proven popular across all fronts, but has also brought with it some issues.

The most notable among the bugs identified was one that cause players to be unable to control their character, resulting in being kicked from games for seeming AFK. Fortunately, Blizzard seems to have fixed this quickly.

It was also discovered that the “Spooky” version of Eichenwalde made a non-cosmetic change to a particular corner on the final point, which could have an impact on gameplay. The difference seems likely to have been an oversight rather than a deliberate decision, although Blizzard have not responded to it yet.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.