A creative Overwatch player has brought one of the most popular classic video games ever into the game using the Workshop mode.
Overwatch’s Workshop mode has produced a mountain of content since it’s release in early 2019 and some of the most popular modes made so far involve bringing other games into Overwatch.
How does Tetris in Overwatch work?
Ochotonida used the glowing orb assets inside of the Workshop to make the different shaped Tetris pieces, which are controlled using the movement buttons (left/right to move, up/down to turn the piece).
With the scenic Necropolis map acting as a backdrop players move their pieces to make lines (you know - Tetris), which is rewarded with a halo effect when a line is complete.
There’s no score displayed for Overwatch Tetris though, and ochotonida clairfied that the matches last until the pieces reach the top of the screen (again, just like Tetris) or when the total number of effects reaches the entity limit - basically when there’s too much stuff for the game to render.
In the video showing off the mode, they add the classic Tetris theme song (originally known as “Korobeiniki”) - but because the Overwatch Workshop doesn’t allow outside assets to be added to modes, it won’t appear in the mode itself.
For those who want to try out Tetris in Overwatch for themselves, the Workshop code is: X236D.
The Tetris World Championship (yes it's a thing)
In other Tetris news, the 2019 Classic Tetris World Championships took place at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo on October 18-20.
Besides getting to watch some of the best Tetris players in the world show what their made of in a competitive environment, fans also got to watch 17-year-old Joseph "JDMFX_" Saelee win his second-consecutive World title.
JDMFX_'s final matchup against Japanese Tetris god Koryan was one for the ages, with both players putting up rows faster and more efficiently than most of us could even dream about.
What's even crazier than the Tetris skills on display was the fact that this is JDMFX_'s second championship at the age of 17, which means he won his first when he was only 16 years old.
According to Kotaku, JDMFX_ got emotional after his win, saying "I’m glad I could do this again. Seeing the competition this year was heart-warming."
Apart from bragging rights, the champ also took home $3,000 in prize money, delivered by the creator of Tetris himself Alexey Pajitnov - not to shabby for being the best at a game that's over thirty years old.