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Voice of Overwatch hero Baptiste explains how the role changed his life

Published: 14/Mar/2019 23:34 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 23:36

by Virginia Glaze

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Baptiste is Overwatch’s newest support hero – but his voice actor nearly turned the role down without even knowing what Overwatch was.

Actor Benz Antoine stated in an interview with Variety that the audition process for the character was so secretive, he almost walked away from the project altogether.

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“It was secretive, so we didn’t know what it was for,” Antoine said of the role. Despite his agent’s doubts, Antoine managed to land the job in his first-ever voice acting foray – and he called the role nothing less than life-changing.

“…I got to tell you, my character isn’t even in the game yet but my life is already more changed that I could imagine,” he said. “I’ve spent 25 years working as an actor and no one in my family thought I was cool until I got this.”

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As a Haitian character, Baptiste needed an actor who could speak Creole. Luckily, Antoine comes from a Haitian background, and even embraced his accent for the role (which he had actively been trying to avoid).

ParamountAntoine is a storied actor with roles in several feature films, including the upcoming ‘Dreamland.’

“Speaking Creole was fun,” he continued. “Being able to go back and check out the authenticity with my grandmother and hearing Creole in the game for all of the Haitians, that’s going to be exciting.”

While Baptiste has yet to be released, the character was teased with a short trailer in late February, revealing him to be a “shrewd combat medic.”

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Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste is Overwatch’s upcoming support hero, dubbed a “shrewd combat medic” who hopes to make the world a better place.

Antoine is a storied actor best known for his roles in ‘Death Race,’ ‘Four Brothers,’ and ‘Romeo Must Die,’ with an upcoming appearance in ‘Dreamland’ with stars Evangeline Lilly and Gary Oldman.

Baptiste releases for all players on March 19.

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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.