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Tracer stars in new Overwatch Dark Horse comic series ‘London Calling’

Published: 14/Sep/2020 18:55 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 19:12

by Brad Norton

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Blizzard has just lifted the lid on the first new Dark Horse Overwatch comic series since 2018 as Tracer spearheads the five-part ‘London Calling’ narrative.

Overwatch is a universe ripe with storytelling opportunities. From flashback missions to full-blown cinematics and even subtle voice lines, Blizzard often pushes narrative development in a number of ways. 

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Comics have always been a big focus with plenty of unique stories told through the medium over the years. Dark Horse Comics released 16 single issue adventures from 2016 to 2018.

Meanwhile, Blizzard launched a few other separate comics online for free.

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The latest Overwatch comic has finally been revealed, as Tracer stars in the new ‘London Calling’ series, and her own new mini-event. From when the series takes place in the lore, to where you can read it, here’s what you need to know.

Overwatch London Calling comic series

Tracer’s exclusive comic series spans five-parts as the Overwatch icon journeys through her hometown. Having partnered with Dark Horse Comics yet again, the new series is penned by Canadian writer Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Babs Tarr of Batgirl fame.

Throughout the new narrative, the powerhouse comic duo will be telling the story of a younger Tracer. The story will follow her through the streets of London as she comes to grips with life after Overwatch disbanded.

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How to read the new Tracer comic series

The first issue of London Calling is available online for free. The 23-page introduction sets up the new adventure as Tracer meets new Omnic forces living away from regular society in the ‘underworld.’ Following the Omnic Crisis just prior, the race of sentient robots are fighting for “equality and an end to discrimination against their kind.”

There’s no telling where the story might go across all five issues. Though the second installment calls on some familiar names. Tekhartha Mondatta, an Omnic monk, is set to appear in the second issue. He’s attending a rally in London, likely setting the scene just before the events of the 2016 animated short ‘Alive.’

Each subsequent issue is expected to launch digitally on a monthly basis. However, there will also be a physical edition that compiles all five issues “in the coming months.”

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With the Overwatch storyline set to jump forward in the game’s sequel, London Calling could be our last look back to the past for quite some time. Keep your eyes peeled in the weeks to come as each monthly installment is sure to bring about new revelations in the Overwatch universe.

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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.