It’s about three weeks since the Overwatch community was surprised by the announcement of another playable hero.
Not that adding other characters could not be expected, but just few would have expected it would be a tiny hamster in a massive, heavily armed mech.
Though this little creature is called Hammond, you can see it in the game under name “Wrecking Ball”. No wonder that this announcement has caused an avalanche of fans’ jokes associated with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond.
You could have seen and played Wrecking Ball on PTR on a PC, where it is possible to test new updates for Overwatch before their officially released.
However, if you do not like PTR and you are still interested in playing Wrecking Ball then get ready for the 24th of July! Wohooo!
Hammond will extend the great variety of tanks in Overwatch with his unique arsenal.
His primary weapon, Quad Cannons, are two sets of twin machine guns that shred enemies caught in their crosshairs. No team is too much for Wrecking Ball to engage against with his Adaptive Shield, which generates more health based on the number of enemies nearby. This shield makes him incredibly difficult to kill when he bulldozes into the fray and, once he starts to get low on health, also provides him the endurance to escape. The Rollability allows Wrecking Ball to withdraw the mech’s robotic limbs, transforming it into a ball with increased movement speed. No obstacle can stand in Wrecking Ball’s way when he uses Grappling Claw, a short-range ability that grips the environment, letting him swing across terrain gaps or around corners to smash enemies. Grappling Claw also allows Wrecking Ball to reach top speed and ram into foes, dealing destructive damage and knocking them back. While airborne, the mech’s Piledriver ability causes Wrecking Ball to slam down from the air and knock his enemies off their feet. – Source: Overwatch Gamepedia
It is also expected that the third time-limited Summer Games will be launched shortly after the Hammond’s arrival to Overwatch. Last year began in August, therefore any fans expect that this will not be any different this year, although we will have to wait for the official announcement from Blizzard.
Beware of small mammals. ?
Wrecking Ball rolls into the fight 07.24.18 pic.twitter.com/woK0saBlAq
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 17, 2018
The video, which Blizzard published on social networks in connection with Hammond’s release date, leaves no room for doubt as to whether Summer Games are really coming this year. You better prepare for the return of Rocket Lea… sorry Lucioball.