Not long after Blizzard teased Hero 28 for Overwatch on Twitter, the company revealed that the next character would be an adorable chubby cheeked hamster named Hammond (AKA Wrecking Ball). Along with the big reveal, Blizzard announced that he is available on the Public Test Realm for any PC Overwatch gamers. Those interested in this lovable rodents fascinating backstory should definitely check out his origin video below.
As Blizzard showed off in the teaser trailer leading up to the reveal, Wrecking Ball has the ability to transform himself into a ball and roll around the battlefield to increase movement speed. While in ball form, he can launch a grappling hook that tethers him to surfaces and allows the player to swing around the battlefield and inflict damage much like a real wrecking ball. Outside of wrecking ball form, he pilots a spider-like mech that has Quad Cannons that are able to tear through the competition.
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Wrecking Ball's next ability is Adaptive Shields. This provides bonus protection for each enemy in the vicinity of the hero when Adaptive Shields is activated. Another ability, Piledriver, allows the hamster to slam into the ground from a good distance up in the air and injure as well as launch other players that are in his blast zone. Finally, his ultimate Minefield lays out a generous field of explosives that explode when an enemy walks near them. Along with the video, Blizzard detailed Wrecking Ball's story on their website.
AWWWWW! He think's he's D.Va!
As mentioned above, players that own a copy of Overwatch on the PC can jump on Blizzard's Battle.net service and test the hero out right now. A new update has been released on the PTR which fans can get to by clicking the dropdown menu in the Overwatch tab of Battle.net and selecting Public Test Realm. Currently, there's no word on how long the updates will remain on the test server but if it's anything like the other major character additions, it will be 3-4 weeks.
Overwatch is adding another hero to the roster and she goes by the name, Moira. Blizzard also announced a few other new additions to their ultra popular multiplayer game as part of the opening ceremony for BlizzCon 2017. Players can also expect to see a new map that the studio is calling BlizzWorld and draws reference to the studio's other franchises such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.
The biggest announcement from the opening ceremony was the addition of Moira. According to Blizzard she's a shady scientist that has ties to the game's evil mercenary group Talon and their operative, Reaper. As a former geneticist for the bad guys, she comes with a very unique set of skills that includes healing beams, teleports, and a variety of other bionic skills. Overwatch's director, Jeff Kaplan, noted that fans want to see more healing based heroes and that's why her abilities focus on aiding teammates but can also do serious damage when necessary.
A Detailed Look At The New Character
Kaplan also described her as a hybrid character, which is not typical for the game. Adding that he couldn't wait to see the character in the hands of the players. He also jokingly described the character as "OP AF" on Overwatch's official website where a detailed description of her specific skills that are outlined below.
Bionic Grasp: Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her. Her right hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.
Bionic Orb: Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals the allies it passes through, or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.
Fade: Moira quickly teleports a short distance.
Coalescence: Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.
Moira seems like a fun new addition to Overwatch's fast growing roster. It is always exciting when Blizzard announces any new content for the game, mainly because everyone knows there won't be a price tag. Moira is sure to hit the PTR soon so be sure to check back with Gigamax for more info on this interesting character!
After a big origin story reveal last week, Blizzard surprised everyone and made the long awaited antagonist, Doomfist, playable on the Public Test Realm (PTR). This powerhouse is a welcomed addition to the already jam packed character roster. Mixing melee with a bit of ranged makes Overwatch's Doomfist a formidable opponent. To herald the announcement, Blizzard released a short animated clip that shows the characters escape and how he got put in jail in the first place.
Dommfist: An Origin Story
Doomfist's origin is a bit of a sad one. Once a highly intelligent and charismatic public figure, Akande Ogundimu, was born to a wealthy family that owned a prestigious prosthetic technology company. Ogundimu expanded his family's company to new levels and in his free time dedicated his life to learning various forms of martial arts. After the big Omnic Crisis he unfortunately lost his arm which was quickly replaced with a good ol' robot arm. But because this is a bad guy origin story, the robot arm made him ineligible in the martial arts tournaments he once held close to his heart. Eventually trying to fill this void led him into the arms of the evil mercenary company, Talon, which he quickly took over his business. After years of running the mercenary group he was taken down by our heroes over at Overwatch and locked up until his recent escape.
Combat and Abilities
Doomfist has a host of abilities available to him in order to take out the competition. His main weapon is a short range "Hand Cannon" that is like a shotgun version of the mega buster. Not very good at a distance, this gun is able to close the gap for the character to start using his Doomfist gauntlet, the real damage dealer. Doomfist is also able to close the gap with his seismic slam ability that lets him leap through the air and upon landing, nearby enemies will be dragged toward him. Once up close the anti-hero can use his rising uppercut ability to deal massive damage and launch his opponents into the air. Another handy move in his bag of tricks is the rocket punch, which deals a ton of damage after a short charge and will do even more if the enemy hits the wall. Doomfist will also gain shield charge upon successful ability hits and his devastating ultimate, meteor strike, sends the character to the sky to come crashing back down killing all that land in the blast radius.
Doomfist sounds like an awesome and unique character but that's not surprising considering Blizzard's recent additions to the game. This launch follows up their recent "Lunar Colony DLC" and fans can't wait for the antagonist to be available to all. Currently, Doomfist is only available on the PTR but Gigamax will be sure to have footage when he launches on the PS4 so be sure to keep checking back for more info!
Blizzard has officially confirmed the newest character coming to their immensely popular multiplayer shooter, Overwatch. Orisa is a guardian tank developed by robotics expert, Efi Oladele, whom was recently teased by the developer in a blog post. It seems as though Blizzard is trying to expand on the lore of the game in a big way as Orisa has plenty of back story.
According to a host of detailed blog posts and leaks over the past couple weeks, Blizzard has painted a vivid picture of Efi and her robot buddy. Efi, being the good natured soul that she is, had recently won a grant for furthering her skills to help keep humanity safe. She decided that the best way to accomplish this was building a giant robot centaur that has plenty of weaponry. Orisa is an upgraded OR15 robot that was recently decommissioned because of... Technical difficulties. (See Picture Below)
Orisa's Personality Core
Efi gave Orisa a personality core and a bunch of new armaments for players to experiment with. As a hero in the game, Orisa has a two star difficulty rating and supposedly has the best range of any tank character. Her main weapon is a "Fusion Driver," which is a mini gun like arm that can deliver sustained damage but significantly lowers speed while being fired. Next up is the "Fortify" ability which lets Orisa take more damage and power through action-impairing effects. She also has a graviton charge launcher named "Halt!" that not only slows enemies, but pulls them toward the explosion as well. Her last main ability is "Protective barrier" that offers a deployable barrier for allies to hide behind. Finally Orisa's ultimate is a "Supercharger" that powers up friendly attack damage in a wide area, the device can be destroyed so it's suggested that a barrier be deployed over it.
Orisa is currently live on the PTR for players to test out and give opinions on. If you have the ability to try her out we recommend giving it a shot. Blizzard appreciates the feedback and test data that ultimately helps balance the game. Right now there is no word on when Orisa is going to be patched into the game, but hopefully players won't have to wait long. Keep checking back with Gigamax for more details on this very unique character, we will have gameplay videos of Orisa the minute she is available for us to play.