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One of the things we love most about Heroes of the Storm is how it blends characters from various Blizzard games into one rad MOBA experience. Speaking of which, yet another character from Overwatch recently joined the fray.
Genji mains will be excited to know that their favorite ninja has become a part of the Heroes of the Storm family. This cybernetically enhanced assassin will join the likes of other Overwatch all-stars, including Tracer, Zarya and, most recently, Lucio. What's extra special about Genji's arrival, though, is that it comes hand-in-hand with the first map based on the popular hero-based shooter, Hanamura.
According to the folks over on Eurogamer, Genji's ability set in Heroes of the Storm is pulled directly from his original game. This isn't super surprising, as Overwatch is basically an FPS take on a MOBA to begin with. Genji has a pretty sweet passive ability that allows him to leap over walls, meaning he can get in and out of battle with a quickness. He's also got a Swift Strike dash attack that lets him put a hurt on enemies from a distance, which combines nicely with that leap ability. Also of note is Genji's deflect ability, which prevents harm and hurls a dagger at anyone who tries to attack him. The original article points out that his dash attack works just like in Overwatch, cooling down instantly if he gets a kill. In other words, he's going to be a real pain in the butt for opposing teams who aren't cruising around at full health, as Genji could basically dart from one to the next without getting a scratch.
The only major changes to his character are the ultimate attacks. The X-Strike move sends Genji flying into the air and hurling a cross-shaped AOE attack at the ground. The other is called Dragon Blade, and it causes Genji to draw his sword and unleash a handful of powerful attacks.
And if that wasn't enough, the first Overwatch-themed map is also now available in Heroes of the Storm, too. The Hanamura map will be familiar to folks who play Overwatch, though it has been retooled to better suit the gameplay of Heroes.
For those of you who can't wait to take Genji for a test drive in his new setting, the good news is that you don't have to. With Heroes of the Storm's latest update now live, both the ninja and the new stomping grounds are officially integrated into the game.
Now that four characters from Overwatch have made it into Blizzard's MOBA, we figure they'd be silly not to add at least one more and make that a nice, round figure. So that's got us wondering, what character would our readers like to see make their way to Heroes of the Storm next? Give us your crossover ideas in the comments below.