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Terrifying Overwatch mode pits Soldier: 76 against Thomas the Tank Engine

Published: 19/Mar/2020 3:11

by Brad Norton

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A terrifying Workshop creation throws Soldier: 76 into a heated fight for survival against Thomas the Tank Engine.

Blizzard’s Workshop feature in Overwatch has led to players recreating iconic games inside of the popular hero shooter, as well as spawning a number of fascinating original modes.

From chess to Call of Duty zombies and even a creative marriage proposal, Overwatch has seen its fair share of extraordinary creations in the Workshop. However, a new Thomas the Tank Engine mode might be the most terrifying to date.

Taking a break from Overwatch League preparations, Boston Uprising analyst Jake ‘spackle’ Connell found himself in a custom game as Soldier: 76.

Rather than battling against friends or foes with the character’s unique loadout, he was dropped into a map with an angered Thomas the Tank Engine.

With only a few seconds to react, the ominous steam train blitzed towards a group of players in an attempt to wipe them out. Coming in contact with the speeding locomotive would be enough to eliminate even the most sturdy Tank heroes.

Running around the map in a crazed panic, players did all they could to avoid the evil-looking rendition of Thomas. Seemingly charming at first with a smile on his face, the animated figure quickly turns to a terrifying grin once locked into a charge.

Amusingly enough, the Workshop creation appears to have utilized Reinhardt’s Charge ability, simply ramped up to an absurd speed. The popular hero can even be heard grunting each time that Thomas sets up for another lethal dash.

Seemingly more and more difficult as the round goes on, the intense mode ramps up the challenge as Thomas begins to track players with greater accuracy.

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Thomas previously invaded The Elder Scrolls series in a similarly creepy manner.

Locked to Soldier: 76 for the entire round, players have no choice but to run and evade the threat of Thomas the Tank Engine.

You can try out the terrifying mode for yourself using the following Workshop code: 321Z9 — but be ready to run: Thomas ain’t slowing down for anyone.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.