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Overwatch Workshop mode makes Zenyatta “walk” and it’s horrifying

Published: 3/Jul/2019 9:41 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 11:59

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has used the Workshop to allow Zenyatta to “walk”, but the result is a lot more unnerving than you might expect.

DarwinStreams is one of the most popular and prolific creators in the Workshop, and recently he turned his attention to one of the oldest questions in Overwatch – what if Zenyatta could actually walk?

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The omnic monk does have legs, but perpetually floats with them crossed beneath him, which has long led to speculations about what it would look like if he ever chose to use them. Darwin’s attempt at finding out, however, produced something rather creepy.

Blizzard EntertainmentZenyatta usually floats around the map with his legs crossed.

The “walking” Zenyatta does appear to actually stand on his legs, but they don’t move as he “walks”, instead dragging along the ground as if he’s a possessed rag doll. The effect is compounded by the choice of skin, with the new octopus-themed “Zen-Nakji” look taking on a much more sinister aesthetic in this pose.

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I finally made Zen walk! In his own way… [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

Darwin might be responsible for the most popular Overwatch Workshop mode in the world as of June 28 – OverFighter, an Overwatch fighting game – but his latest creation didn’t go down quite so well with fans.

“This is the single most cursed thing I have ever fucking seen,” one commenter stated, while another detailed the range of emotions he experienced upon seeing the video:

“My body went from confusion, to nausea, to acceptance, to primal fear in about 4 seconds and I’m pretty impressed I could look directly at this lovecraft-esque monster. Thank you.”

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The Workshop doesn’t let players make actual changes to the character models or animations, or introduce their own, so the kinds visual adjustments like this that can be made are very limited. While Darwin doesn’t explain exactly how he accomplished the “walking” Zenyatta, it appears he might have locked him into his “jumping” pose, which is one of the only times he straightens his legs.

This isn’t the first time that Zenyatta has been made to “walk”, although last time it was Blizzard themselves who produced a rather more hilarious iteration of the omnic monk.

Darwin refrained from offering a share code for his latest creation, so those with a morbid curiosity will have to satisfy themselves with the video of his “walking” Zenyatta.

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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.