Overwatch is an epic game and it’s getting more popular with every passing day. The game has become a favorite among gamers and critics alike and Blizzard announced it now has more than 10 million active players.
However, the game holds quite a few nifty little secrets that you might not be aware of. We take a look at the best ones below –
There are a few references of the 80s in Overwatch. Zarya, in the game uses the line “In Russia, game plays you” which refers to Ukranian-American comedian Yakov Smirnoff’s “In Soviet Russia” jokes. “In Soviet Russia” jokes were very popular during the 80s. There is also a reference to another popular 80s song by The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian” when Pharah says, “Fly like an Egyptian”.
The Old Western
The outfits of McCree in the game have direct references to some classic western movies. McCree’s default outfit looks like Clint Westwood’s in the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Another McCree outfit resemble that of Val Kilmer in Tombstone. There is also a strong resemblance to The Lone Ranger in the outfits with the mask and over the shoulder shawl.
The Lost Vikings and Heroes of the Storm
Overwatch also has some references of the The Lost Vikings and multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm. While playing the game, you will come upon a movie poster which stars Hana “D.Va” Song called “Hero of My Storm”, which directly implies to Heroes of the Storm. The game also has a Hanamura arcade which includes a game called The Lost Vikings VI referring to Blizzard’s The Lost Vikings series.
There is also reference to Blizzard’s own game Diablo in Overwatch. The reference can be found in the posters in the restaurant located in Route 66.
Resemblances of other Bizzard characters and weapons
There are some characters in Overwatch which resembles characters from other Blizzard games. Widowmaker looks like Nova from Starcraft and her rifle, the Widow’s Kiss also resembles the C-10 rifle which is used by the ghosts in the same game. Another character, Torbjörn has also strong resemblances to a Lost Vikings character.
Overwatch also has a reference of Pokémon. Hanzo’s line “I choose you, Spirit Dragon” refers directly to Pokémon and his alternate outfit permits him to summon spirit wolves and choose among them at will.
There are also some meta references in Overwatch along with all the other references. D.Va, who is also a Starcraft meta character uses terms like “Ready player one”. There is also a reference to the term “rocket jump” which was used in games like Quake. Pharah mentions the term while saying the line “Rocket jump? That sounds dangerous”.
Overwatch also has a reference to Robert Rodriguez’s popular Mexico trilogy featuring movies El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a time in Mexico. The Mariachi skin of Reaper gives us a feel of the famous movie series and the guitar on his back is undoubtedly El Mariachi.
Remember Blizzard’s free to play collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft? There is also a reference of the same game in Overwatch. You’ll find the game being played on computer screens throughout Overwatch in various places.
There are a lot of lines by Mei and Elsa in Overwatch which are clear references to the 2013 movie Frozen. “You have to let it go” and “Do you want to build a snowman?” by Elsa are strong references of the movie. Blizzard has very nicely connected Mei’s freezing powers to the movie. Kudos team!
Hints of future heroes
It is more likely that Blizzard will consider adding more heroes to Overwatch in the future. The game already provided some hints of which could be the future heroes of the game. Some unknown heroes can be seen flashing through the screen during “Recall” and they can make an entry to the game in the future.
There has also been strong rumors that “Sombra” will be the next character to the game and a file with picture of Sombra can be found on Temple of Anubis. However, there’s no confirmation about the upcoming characters from Blizzard yet.
Funny Character Responses
There is also an unique feature in Overwatch which allows players to choose duplicate heroes during it Player vs Player matches and the characters can be seen reacting funnily during the gameplay.
For example, when Tracer finds her Chrono Accelerator malfunctioning and sees a second Tracer she would say, “I was thinking the same thing. Spooky.” Another such instances is when McCree replies back to Reaper’s ‘ridiculous’ comment on his alternate outfit by saying, “Ever looked in the mirror lately?”
Reference of story line in dialogues
While playing Overwatch a lot of references of the storyline can be found in the dialogues of the characters. For example, you will get to know about the dislike between Reaper and Soldier 76 while they exchange words during the matches.
When you kill Soldier 76 with Reaper he will say, “This is how it should have been”. There are also other references of the story when Reaper exchanges with McCree and Soldier 76 exchanges with Pharah.
Reaper has a lot of exchanges with McCree whom he trained in Blackwatch and Soldier 76 knowing of Pharah’s mother can be found out when he says, “Got your aim from your mom, I see!” to her during matches.
Murlocs, Hydralisks and The Horde
There are a lot of references of Blizzard games in Overwatch and another such reference is of the game Warcraft. A graffiti from Warcraft can be seen when your team arrives on Temple of Anubis on the ship.
You’ll also see a skull of a Hydralisk from Starcraft in the ship. There are also icons which features Horde from Warcraft which are hidden in hieroglyphics on the statues.
References in maps
The closed beta players are already accustomed to this, but the open beta players will be happy to find out that there is an in-game impact of cinematic shorts universe seen in the game.
For example, you’ll be able to see the wrecked lab window of Winston caused by his fight with Reaper on Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Similarly, on King’s Row, the statue of Omnic looking after the population is also because of the actions of Widowmaker on “Alive”.