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This fan-made Overwatch skin takes Reinhardt into the StarCraft universe

Published: 11/Jan/2019 19:18 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 16:42

by Bill Cooney

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Reinhardt is one of Overwatch’s most popular tank heroes – and one fan has created an amazing 3D skin concept of the Crusader as a ‘Protoss’ from another Blizzard game: StarCraft.

The concept is based on ‘Fenix,’ a character from Blizzard’s StarCraft II title, which was released in 2010.

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Fenix is a legendary warrior for the Protoss, one of StarCraft’s alien races, and he’s a pretty great pick to base a Reinhardt skin on as the two are pretty similar.

The awesome skin concept, called ‘Purifier,’ was made by an artist by the name of ‘mqpmqp,’ who posted the full, interactive 3D model  to sketchfab.com.

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It features Reinhardt decked out in some really cool-looking, white Protoss armor, which looks similar to Fenix’s troops in StarCraft Co-Op modes – especially with the orange highlights.

Reinhardt’s hammer may be the highlight of this skin though, as it’s been reimagined as kind of a laser axe/spear weapon, which looks like it would be super fun to smash squishy opponents with.

Overwatch – Reinhardt purifier
by mqpmqp
on Sketchfab

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On Reinhardt’s left arm, where the lion head for his shield would usually be, the artist placed a rendering of Fenix’s head, instead.

The fact that this skin is a full 3D model just makes it even more impressive. It literally looks ready to be patched in and played in-game.

Blizzard has introduced a few StarCraft skins so far for Widowmaker and Orisa, but based on how awesome this concept looks, more StarCraft skins would probably be a massive hit with Overwatch fans.

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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.