Umm, what did you get up to this weekend? Well, it seems that quite a few people will have been playing Overwatch and taking slight advantage of the video game’s newest hero.
Earlier this week, new tank hero Wrecking Ball was unveiled for the popular game’s PTR (player test region) and those lucky enough to have access have been taking his name quite aptly and causing chaos accordingly: in the form of hamster ball racing. More of that in a second.
For those who aren’t yet aware of Wrecking Ball, Blizzard have shared a neat introduction to the little guy for you:
Hammond, also known as “Specimen 8,” was genetically modified during his time on Horizon Lunar Colony and, like Winston, was granted increased size and intelligence as a result. He is a witty and conniving creature that loves to cause mischief. During the rebellion on Horizon, he secretly attached his escape pod to the back of Winston’s ship, hitching a ride to planet Earth to save himself from imminent destruction. He crash-landed in the Australian Outback near Junkertown, and over time upgraded his escape pod into a formidable mech, soon becoming a force to be reckoned with known as Wrecking Ball. He doesn’t speak any human languages, but his mech automatically translates his voice in a fittingly menacing tone.
Umm… Cool. So, a genetically-modified Aussie hamster. Got it. Not only can Wrecking Ball swing and climb with his Grappling Claw and generate shields, but he also has the ability to switch between combat mode (using high-capacity machine guns, of course) and a roll mode, allowing him to cruise through maps at super-quick speed.
It’s that last ability that’s been causing the chubby-cheeked guy to go viral across Overwatch servers, as players take on the unique opportunity to go hamster ball racing. We’ll let Overwatch streamer Fenner demonstrate just how:
— Fenner (@DanielFenner) June 28, 2018
Other fans of the rolling ‘ster have taken to Twitter to express their excitement at a whole new aspect of the game opening up.
Sorry Overwatch League, but Hammond racing will now be the only competitive Overwatch we will be showing at the bar. https://t.co/GaN2cRWpMH
— Meltdown London (@MeltdownLondon) June 29, 2018
The E-Sport that we deserve https://t.co/Cd0rP2rutM
— Hebi Lee ® IndieDev (@HebiLee) June 29, 2018
Further still, Overwatch streamer Christopher ‘J3sus’ Pavloff pulled off an epic stealth payload steal using Wrecking Ball over on Twitch this weekend. Seems like Hammond will become a familiar face for players.
So, um, yeah, there we have it. Whilst the cheeky hamster isn’t available within the normal game just yet, he’ll no doubt be heading to our screens very shortly after patch testing is complete.
One thing’s for sure, we know what we’ll be doing this summer. If you’ll be needing us, we’ll be munching on nachos in the corner whilst rolling around Junkertown. Do not disturb.