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Overwatch’s 2020 April Fool’s update is absolutely absurd

Published: 31/Mar/2020 23:46

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch devs have been known to introduce humourous, temporary updates to the game to celebrate April Fool’s day, and 2020 might just be the wildest year yet because they gave almost everyone and everything they could a set of googly eyes.

The update definitely makes games about 1000 times funnier, but the googly eyes also appear on the main menu, in highlight intros, and even in the Hero Gallery.

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Seeing allies and enemies with large, bulging eyes during games is the most entertaining though. It’s sort of crazy how adding big, funny eyes to everyone can really change the mood of an Overwatch match.

As you can see in the above images Tweeted by Overbuff, it seems like no detail went overlooked – for example, hero skins with only one eye, like Torbjorn’s and Ana’s, will only get one googly eye.

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This doesn’t explain why Bastion, who has no eyes that we know of, gets a pair, but it doesn’t make the glorious image of his beautiful, bug-eyed stare any less hilarious.

It’s not just heroes that received the makeover either, certain abilities like Torbjorn’s turret did, and amazingly, Hanzo’s dragons are also sporting the eyes during his ultimate.

Obviously, everyone’s favorite Omnic B.O.B. is only improved with the addition of googly eyes, but several hero abilities and forms are missing the joke.

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Bastion’s turret and tank mode don’t feature the add on, and it’s also missing from Symmtra’s turrets and teleporter, but most notably the eyes are absent from D.Va’s mech. A huge missed opportunity to stick some obnoxiously large peepers on there.

If you’re worried about not seeing anything though, don’t be, because they’ll be practically everywhere else for at least the next couple of days.

Even though it was a bit early, as far as April Fool’s pranks go this one was a pretty brilliant move by devs, and it really doesn’t get in the way of gameplay once you get over the initial wave of laughter.

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April Fool’s falls during the 2020 Archives event as well this year, so if you log on to check out the madness, you could get a few new skins as well.

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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.