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Incredible Overwatch Wildebeest design brings an old hero back to life

Published: 22/Apr/2020 8:30

by Brad Norton


One of the earliest Overwatch character designs that never saw the light of day, has finally been brought to life in an extraordinary way with a new player design.

Long before Blizzard revealed its popular hero shooter, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Titan’ were code names used internally for earlier projects that led to Overwatch. Many of these projects featured characters that the community knows and loves today, however one significant design never quite made the final cut.

The hulking Wildebeest has finally been given new life as one player took it upon themselves to create a game-ready model of the hero.

The enormous red figure in the middle of this early concept art is none other than Wildebeest.

As the development team transitioned to Overwatch, Wildebeest was utilized as an early form of concept art for the Tank that we know today as Reinhardt. An enormous figure with an intimidating frame, early concept art shows the character wielding a wide array of melee weapons in battle.

The brand new iteration builds upon the original red and yellow theme but introduces a new look with spiked hair. The huge figure loads into battle with a shield on its left arm and a club for the melee weapon, eerily similar to Reinhardt.

Designed from the ground up to match the art style of Overwatch, 3D modeler Andrew Downs even animated the figure, giving Wildebeest its own play of the game intro.

“This was one of my longer projects,” they explained. “I spent more time in the blockout stages to ensure I captured the silhouette correctly.”

With such attention to detail, everything from the boots to the shoulder plates have been custom-made for Wildebeest 

A unique design that hasn’t quite been replicated in Overwatch thus far, there’s no telling how a melee-based tank with a solo shield might work. While Reinhardt is able to take care of his entire team, an individual shield could provide some interesting new dynamics.

Art Station: Andrew Downs
The recreated Wildebeest in full.

You can view and interact with the full 3D model through Andrew Downs ArtStation profile. With the character fully rendered, the only thing left to bring to the table is an ability set. 

Though, perhaps that’s not far off, given how much detail went into bringing Wildebeest back to life.


How to use OP Torb turret placement in Overwatch Junkenstein’s Revenge

Published: 28/Oct/2020 0:20

by Bill Cooney


Junkenstein’s Revenge is one of the best ways to earn loot boxes during Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event, and there are a few spots for Torbjorn’s turret you should probably know about.

Halloween in Overwatch means plenty of new skins to unlock, including the Ragdoll Echo skin, which is now available until the event ends on November 3.

The only way to unlock the DPS hero’s new skin though is to win 9 games in any mode. If you stick to quick play and competitive this could easily take one or even two whole days, but if you simply grind them out in Junkenstein’s Revenge, the wins will only take a couple of hours instead.

Even though the seasonal PvE survival mode goes quicker than regular matches, you can definitely still lose if you don’t have the right team comp. This means that at all difficulty levels, Torbjorn is still a must-pick for his turret and it’s constant damage output.

Torbjorn Halloween Terror skin
Blizzard Entertainment
You won’t get far in the harder difficulties of Junkenstein’s without Torb.

As for where to put this powerful, Zomnic-slaying device, there are several options that all work quite well, and are all fairly easy to pull off too – like on top of the overturned cart right down the middle lane. It has a commanding line of sight for the middle and left staircase spawns, and even covers part of the pond on the right side.

The best part of this spot might be the fact that it’s too close for Zombardiers to immediately target it, and it will hold boss aggro for as long as it’s around.

Next, placing the turret on the railing right on top of the left-hand stairs also gives it a great shot at all three spawns instead of just two, and gives you the ability to run up there and repair it when needed.

Finally, if you’re looking for something extra flashy to really impress your teammates, there’s even a way to get the turret up to the wooden platform just above the door where Widow and Ashe usually hang out.

Step by step for best turret placement in JR from Overwatch

Like in the clip above, head up the stairs to the right and go on to the platform they lead to (the place we all used to place the turret). Then head to the ledge closest to the door and aim at the ridge on the tower above the platform, straight up from the bush on the right side.

Another option is to jump from the edge and throw it at the apex of Torb’s leap if you have trouble getting it there while standing still. Toss it up, and your little guy is all set to rain down death on the army of undead charging the gates, and hopefully unlock that Echo skin a little bit quicker.