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Stylosa reveals exclusive unused Overwatch Abilities for Echo

Published: 21/Mar/2020 20:03

by Bill Cooney

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Practically everyone that’s able to access the PTR is currently trying out Echo – but she could have easily been a very different hero, according to a new video from Overwatch YouTuber ‘Stylosa.’

Before Echo was officially revealed, practically everyone was convinced she would join the game as a Support hero, which obviously isn’t what happened.

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Even though she’s definitely a DPS, Overwatch’s newest addition could have had a much different kit than the one developers finally decided to go with.

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Echo, or at least artwork of the character, has been around since the very early days of Overwatch.

Currently, Echo shoots her primary fire out of the fingers on her right hand, but Stylosa shared official Blizzard concept art that shows devs had originally planned to give her palm projectiles or an arm cannon, sort of like Iron Man.

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As Stylosa pointed out, though, we got our first look at Sojourn – who has an arm cannon herself – at BlizzCon 2019, so maybe developers took the idea from Echo, originally.

Echo, or the character that would become her, has been included in concept art since before Overwatch was even called Overwatch, and was originally intended to be a support hero before devs changed their minds.

Even after they decided to make her support, developers still had to narrow down what abilities she would use and how they would look when animated.

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One of the most interesting abilities that didn’t make the cut was named “Images,” and it was an ultimate where Echo made a mirror image of herself that followed and copied her actions on a three-second delay.

Another great one was “Wing Boomerang,” where she literally formed her wings into a boomerang and tossed it at enemies.

These attacks not making the cut is a shame – but what if we told you Echo was originally supposed to have a laser that shot out of her face, too? Well, it’s true.

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Literally called the “Face Laser,” this ability might have been similar to her focus beam, but would shoot out of her head instead of her hands – truly a missed opportunity.

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Wing Boomerang and Face Laser were two of Echo’s abilities that ended up being cut.

Developers have obviously been working on Echo in earnest since at least 2018, when she was introduced in the “Reunion” cinematic at BlizzCon – but how many different iterations of the hero they’ve gone through is impressive.

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It doesn’t seem to have taken players as long to figure out how to take advantage of Echo’s kit, though, and devs have had to put out a PTR update for the hero already.

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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.