Blizzard grow Overwatch’s roster with two new crazy heroes

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I’m stupidly excited for Overwatch. I thought the beta would’ve been out by now, but hey, this is Blizzard we are talking about, and nobody knows what their timetable looks like. Heck, I thought balancing and such was taking place, making the game ready for early public access. That doesn’t seem to the case, or the focus at least, because instead of entering beta, Overwatch’s roster has grown by two new characters instead!

Roadhog

Forgive my MOBA references – it is all I know ok? Roadhog is essentially Pudge from Dota 2, or Stitches from Heroes of the Storm… with a gun. That’s right, he has a hook and everything! His gun isn’t just any old weapon either – it strongly reminds me of the flak cannon from the Unreal franchise, which instantly makes him awesome!

After taking part in a violent anti-omnic rebellion that led to nuclear disaster, the man once known as Mako Rutledge watched the Australian Outback become a wasteland. Adapting to his new environment, he donned a mask and took to the broken highways on his ramshackle chopper—and the ruthless killer known as Roadhog was born.

Scrap Gun

Roadhog’s Scrap Gun fires short-range blasts of shrapnel with a wide spread. Alternatively, it can launch a shrapnel ball that detonates farther away, scattering metal fragments from the point of impact.

Take a Breather

Roadhog restores a chunk of his health over a brief period of time.

Chain Hook

Roadhog hurls his chain at a target; if it catches, he yanks them into close range.

Whole Hog (ultimate ability)

After cramming a top-loader onto his Scrap Gun, Roadhog pours in ammo. For a short time, he can crank out a stream of shrapnel that knocks back enemies.

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Junkrat

If I can liken Junkrat to anything, he looks like the lovechild of Techies from Dota 2, and The Joker from the Arkham game’s. He has bombs, a crazy personality, and more bombs! Check it out…

Junkrat is an explosives-obsessed freak who lives to cause chaos and destruction. A former member of a group of anarchistic scavengers known as the Junkers, he’s now embarked upon an international crime spree with Roadhog, leaving nothing but havoc and bedlam in his wake.

Frag Launcher

Junkrat’s Frag Launcher lobs grenades a significant distance. They bounce to reach their destination, and blow up when they strike an enemy.

Concussion Mine

After placing one of his homemade Concussion Mines, Junkrat can trigger it to damage enemies and send them flying… or propel himself through the air.

Steel Trap

Junkrat tosses out a giant, metal-toothed trap. Should an enemy wander too close to the trap, it clamps on, injuring and immobilizing them.

Total Mayhem (passive)

Junkrat’s deranged sense of humor persists past his death. If killed, he drops several live grenades.

Rip-tire (ultimate ability)

Junkrat revs up a motorized tire bomb and sends it rolling across the battlefield, climbing over walls and obstacles. He can remotely detonate the RIP-Tire to deal serious damage to enemies caught in the blast, or just wait for it to explode on its own.

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These two look like they’ve been ripped straight out of the Mad Max universe. Is that a bad thing? Hell no, they both look like a ton of fun to play!

Now if Blizzard could stop swelling their roster and just put Overwatch into beta status, I would be so happy. What about you, are you looking forward to this shooter?

Last Updated: September 25, 2015

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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