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Ridiculous Overwatch ‘rework’ turns Bastion into an actual helicopter

Published: 1/Sep/2020 8:28

by Brad Norton

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Only a few select heroes in Overwatch have ever been able to fly, and now that lineup has expanded thanks to a ridiculous Workshop creation that lets Bastion take to the skies.

Most characters are limited in terms of their mobility in Blizzard’s popular hero shooter. Some can skate along walls, others can double jump or even leap their way towards a fight. But very few have the rare ability to soar through the clouds at will.

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Pharah and Mercy are some of the most popular aerial heroes in Overwatch that fit the bill. However, they may have a new threat on their hands, as an unsuspecting Damage dealer takes flight.

Bastion has always been one of the least mobile heroes in the game. His regular movement speed is fairly slow, he can’t wall-climb, and his sentry form leaves him locked in place. However, the Workshop has given us a look at Bastion if all of these restraints were suddenly lifted.

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I made Bastion into an attack helicopter again, this time using Overwatch’s Workshop (A2BTM) from Overwatch

One particularly dedicated Bastion player recently took it upon themselves to create an aerial version of the character. While this rendition came from outside of the game itself, it shows just how much of a force Bastion could truly be.

They’ve taken things to a new level though, as the same creator has turned Bastion into a helicopter inside of Overwatch. Thanks to some crafty Workshop skills, they were able to give the Omnic DPS a fully functioning propeller to get him off the ground.

Bastion remains in sentry form the whole time, swooping high and low to gun down targets on Volskaya. With no limitations and no cover to block lines of sight, this rework can make Bastion all too powerful.

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Much of the standard kit is available to use while in helicopter mode as well. Besides from his standard gunfire, Bastion can use a secondary ability to launch missiles at targets too. Healing is available and the flight controls are identical to that of Echo, which should feel familiar to DPS experts.

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Even Bastion’s Ultimate form works in this helicopter creation.

Unfortunately, the current Workshop build does come with its fair share of issues. Such is the way of things when pushing the Workshop tools to their absolute limits. You’ll have to be careful when trying out the literal helicopter mode for yourself as it might all fall apart.

If you’re eager to test your piloting skills in Overwatch, you can try this custom mode through the following Workshop code: A2BTM

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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.