January 20, 2019

Overwatch's New Hero is a Hamster, Really

01 July 2018, 09:47 | Cameron Gross

Overwatch’s newest hero is Wrecking Ball - here are his abilities

New Overwatch hero 28 is… a hamster?!

Though the hamster's name is indeed Hammond, the hero in general - which seems to include Hammond's mech - is called Wrecking Ball. And he really is adorable!

What just happened? Overwatch's development team has been known to release the occasional ridiculous hero - we already have intelligent, peanut butter-obsessed gorillas, after all - but today, they're taking the goofiness to a whole new level.

While many believe the recent post revealing the new champion is a joke, it very well may not be and we're betting it isn't. It's your turn now Blizz!

Able to switch between his mobile rolling mode and two-legged combat, Wrecking Ball comes packing a machine gun, adaptive shield, and a grappling claw. His Ultimate, Minefield, deploys a bunch of proximity mines on the ground around him. Grappling Claw also allows Wrecking Ball to reach top speed and ram into foes, dealing destructive damage and knocking them back.

Today, Blizzard Entertainment made a decision to tease the next playable character for the critically acclaimed hero shooter, Overwatch. Wrecking Ball can confidently start team fights at any time by rolling into the enemy team and popping Adaptive Shield, which makes him incrementally more hard to eliminate for each enemy nearby. Wrecking Ball can use Roll to go wherever he wants, and use his Grappling Claw to gain momentum and fling himself into the air to cover even more distance. But the scientists' emails said he'd escaped his cage and separately noted a unusual rattling in the ventilation system, so it really looks like Blizzard planned for a hamster hero all along. Like past heroes, he's playable in the Overwatch PTR before being available for all on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

This hero certainly sounds like an idea out of left field, but there is kind of some precedent for it - just not from where you'd expect.

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