Zenyatta Iris Challenge, 'Human' skin and more leaked - but is it real? - Dexerto

Zenyatta Iris Challenge, ‘Human’ skin and more leaked – but is it real?

Published: 20/Nov/2019 21:05

by Michael Gwilliam


New Overwatch challenges, short stories and even skins appear to have been leaked – but many users are wondering if these leaks are the real deal.

On November 20, Twitter user “Kompae” posted several screenshots indicating that Brigitte and Zenyatta lore was coming in addition to brand new challenge events. Challenge events normally require the player to win nine matches to unlock special limited-time sprays and skins for a specific hero.

The leak suggested that a mini-event called “Zenyatta’s Iris Challenge” would be coming in June 2020, while “Briggitte’s Helmet Heart Challenge” would be coming in February 2020.

Of note, the screengrab spelled Brigitte’s name incorrectly.

Additional info in another screenshot for the Zenyatta challenge indicated that it would come with a short story by Lead Story Writer Michael Chu. In November, Blizzard released a short story by Chu prior to announcing Mercy’s Recall Challenge, so this does match up with what the company has done in the past.

The leaked info also states that there will be seven “community collaboration” sprays and a legendary “human” Zenyatta skin.

Of all the Overwatch heroes, Zenyatta is one of the most mysterious. Many fans have been asking for Zen lore for some time, so if the leaks are real, this would please a lot of players.

Are the leaks real?

The misspelling of Brigitte certainly suggests the leaks could be faked. So far, every special challenge event has included a canon skin for the hero the event is built around, such as the Dr. Ziegler Mercy skin.

While a ‘human’ Zenyatta skin sounds interesting, it’s questionable how it would actually fit into Overwatch’s lore.

However, Blizzard has been doing a lot more of these challenges instead of adding new major events. Jeff Kaplan himself did indicate that there would not be a new Archives mission in 2020 as the team was working hard on Overwatch 2, so these new skins and stories could be designed to fill the content gap until it’s released.

Overwatch LeagueZenyatta is no stranger to special skins.

Whatever the case, Overwatch has been prone to many leaks over the years, and this could be the latest of many.

Sadly, we’re going to have to wait until at least February to see if the leaks were real.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.