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A hamster in a mech suit— yes, that’s a hamster in a mech suit—joins the Overwatch cast
While we never expected Blizzard to have any realistic characters for its multiplayer hit, we can’t say the prospect of a tiny hamster wreaking havoc on the field or achieving ‘play of the game’ ever crossed our minds until it was revealed as the next Overwatch character. Yep, that’s right, hero 28 will be a puffy-cheeked rodent who pilots a high-tech exercise ball covered in weaponry who goes by the name Wrecking Ball. While the hamster inside the rotund mech suit will be called Hammond, he’ll officially go by his Miley Cyrus-inspired moniker in the game.
The character’s origin story is just as odd—he was also part of the same experiments that produced the gorilla hero Winston on the Horizon Lunar Colony, the results of which made him larger than normal and also exceptionally smart. He also managed to escape during the same incident Winston did by engineering his own escape pod and hitching a space-based lift from his intelligent ape friend without his knowledge. Unfortunately they didn’t land in the same place—Hammond’s pod detached early and landed in Australia near Junker Town.
No one there ever realized that Hammond was a hamster, as he ended up competing in the queen’s gladiatorial combat arena, and went on to win several times. This is also where he earned his name ‘Wrecking Ball’, as he was known for being this spherical, devastating force. Despite taking part in these fights, he himself is not a junker even though he mechanically modifies his escape pod all of the time. Luckily he’s also programmed it to be able to communicate for him as he can’t talk, as “that would be completely “He is fired up and crashes back down to do huge amounts of damage” ridiculous,” according to Jeff Kaplan, vice president of Blizzard. Even though the same game has a British gorilla in it.
He’s also got quite the arsenal on board his little death ball. He’s being set up as a tank-style hero that focuses on disrupting enemies and has high mobility to get around. He has two modes—one as a quadruped tank fitted with some huge guns that deal constant damage, though it needs to be fairly static to do so. The other is a ball mode that sees him roll around the map and able to utilize a grappling hook so he can swing around all over the place to bash into things like the wrecking ball he’s named after. Hammond also has a pile-driver move that sees him fired up and crash back down to do huge amounts of damage.
Of course, being a tank he also has a shield, though his is most effective when there are more enemies around to amplify its power. Hammond’s ultimate power is also really disruptive, taking the form of a minefield that will force enemies to clear out quickly before they get caught in web of explosions. All of his moves and playstyle feel just as mischievous as his design, and we can’t wait to run around as such a destructive hamster while giggling the whole time.
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