Overwatch's New Hero Wrecking Ball Gameplay Live In PTR Update

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The new character is a mech called Wrecking Ball, and it is piloted by a sentient and chubby hamster named Hammond. And he really is adorable!

The Overwatch team hasn't given us any official details yet, but they're probably trying to escape the rolling ball of death they've created before they have time to sit down and put it all together. Perhaps a member of the Overwatch team thought the insult was amusing ... or it could be a random coincidence that we just happened to notice. "He excels at disrupting enemies' positioning with his Roll and Piledriver abilities while also posing a serious threat if he's left alone to train his Quad Cannons on key targets", says Blizzard on how Wrecking Ball can be used in a match. Hammond escaped his captors just the same as Winston.

Blizzard will soon be adding its 28th hero to its Overwatch roster.

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His ultimate ability Minefield is just as versatile, allowing him to set a trap and control routes, or simply trigger a large area-of-effect explosion for enemies in the immediate vicinity. As it turns out, those assumptions were correct, and Hammond is a giant hamster who rides around in a mechanical hamster ball.

Introducing Wrecking Ball-a resourceful tinkerer that fights with an iron-clad mech.

Intelligent animals are no stranger to the game as one of it's most iconic characters, Winston, is a hyper-intelligent gorilla.

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As a tank, Wrecking Ball is built to take a massive amount damage via the use of his Adaptive Shield. But whether you're wary about jumping into the PTR or are a PS4 or Xbox One player, you may not get to try him until he's brought to the live game.

Early leaks show internal mail from the Lunar Colony talking about "smaller test subjects". The new hero is now available on the PTR so if you'd like to take it for a spin, you'll have to download the PTR to check it out. But the scientists' emails said he'd escaped his cage and separately noted a odd rattling in the ventilation system, so it really looks like Blizzard planned for a hamster hero all along.

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