Blizzard parodies Overwatch in World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft's Brawler's Guild is bringing a little taste of Overwatch to developer Blizzard Entertainment's massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.
In the Brawler's Guild—which was re-introduced in World of Warcraft patch 7.1.5 on the public test realm—players will face off against three seemingly familiar foes: Hudson, Dupree, and Stuffshrew.
In a video from World of Warcraft website Wowhead, Hudson evokes Overwatch hero Winston with his jump pack, tesla cannon, and barrier projector. Dupree, a cowboy-looking dude, draws influence from McCree, wielding a pistol and a high noon–styled special attack. Junkrat-inspired Stuffshrew takes on an equally raving laugh, throwing bombs wildly. Data mined from the World of Warcraft files points to four more Overwatch-inspired Brawlers: Blinker (Tracer), Boargut (Roadhog), Render (Reaper), and Steingardt (Reinhardt), according to Wowhead.
The Brawler's Guild disappeared for a bit before World of Warcraft: Legion was released in late August, but patch 7.1.5 brought it back to the game. The player-versus-environment boss fights pit a single player against a variety of ferocious foes, with each rank increasing the fight's difficulty. There are seven regular ranks in total, with the eighth adding a special challenge. World of Warcraft's Overwatch-inspired fighters are rank six, making them mighty fierce.
This isn't Overwatch's first appearance in another Blizzard franchise, either. Overwatch heroes Tracer and Zarya are both playable in Heroes of the Storm. Where does Overwatch head next? Maybe Reinhardt will show up in Hearthstone's taverns.