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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event returns to celebrate Year of the Pig

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:20 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 20:07

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is returning on Thursday, January 24 with all new sprays, emotes and skins celebrating the Year of the Pig.

The event will run for a little under a month and end on Monday, February 18, just after the first weekend of Overwatch League Season Two.

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Lunar New Year celebrates traditional New Year festivities in several Asian countries, with the skins and other cosmetics reflecting that.

There’s still no word on any new skins, cosmetics, or game modes for Year of the Pig, but those should be coming out in the days leading up to the event.

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Roadhog won’t be getting a pig skin though, because he already has his ‘Bajie’ skin from Year of the Rooster in 2016.

Capture the Flag is one game mode that Blizzard likes to roll out for Lunar New year, in the past, CTF maps have been decorated during the event.

Blizzard EntertainmentCapture the Flag is a popular event during Overwatch’s Lunar New Year.

Even though we don’t know which heroes will be getting skins this year yet, last year it was Genji, Mercy, Zarya, Pharah, McCree and Widowmaker who got them during Lunar New Year, so we can probably rule them out.

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With the event a week away at the time of writing, skins should start to be revealed anytime now, so stick with Dexerto and be sure to follow us @OverwatchTXT on Twitter for all the latest updates on Year of the Pig as they happen.

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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.