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Genji from 'Overwatch' Crosses Over To 'Heroes Of The Storm'; Hanamura Map Getting A Payload Battleground

by Eddie Ruse / Apr 18, 2017 05:38 AM EDT
Genji from Blizzard's "Overwatch."

After the recent 2.0 patch that was rolled out last month, Blizzard's "Heroes of the Storm" has tapped "Overwatch" hero Genji to enter the fray of its acclaimed MOBA title. Alongside the new character is the Hanamura map that has a totally different gameplay as compared to other maps.

However, the new content will be in public beta for players to check it out themselves and flag whatever glitches they might encounter during the test run. Just like in "Overwatch," Genji brought with him most of his notable skill sets including his ultimate - the Dragonblade.

Aside from his combat skills, the ninja assassin also brought with him his wall-scaling mastery. Nonetheless, it was renamed and repurposed as Cyber Agility where Genji leaps over walls instead of scaling them, Gamespot reported.

Genji's basic combat moves include his Forward Dash, Shuriken, and Deflect that basically counters an opponent's attack after he parries it. Moreover, "Heroes of the Storm" also endowed the character with another form of ultimate known as the X-Strike where Genji slices his enemy for a couple of times before an X-shaped area of effect appears dealing more damage.

As aforementioned, the Hanamura map is also included in the upcoming content. Furthermore, it is the first "Heroes of the Storm" map that came from "Overwatch" and the first to boast a payload themed skirmish, IGN has learned.

With payload gameplay, gamers cannot directly attack an opposing team's core. Instead, payloads will be put into play that will volley attacks towards the enemy core. The payloads arrive at fixed intervals and its speed of movement will depend on how many in the team are nearby it. Another thing to look out for is the so-called Mega Enforcer boss that is a tough nut to crack. However, it also deals damage to the core once it is beaten.

The Genji-Hanamura map contents' release date is still undisclosed as of late. Nonetheless, it is believed that it will go live alongside the "Heroes of the Storm" 2.0 patch on April 25. In the meantime, check out a full match in the game using both the Hanamura map and Genji:

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