Overwatch heroes get googly eyes as early April Fool’s Day prank

When Overwatch players jump into a match today, they will be met with an early April Fools’ Day prank where every hero is given googly eyes. Players over on Twitter are already laughing over this change, as Ana only gets one googly eye, while the faces of Zenyatta and Bastion are stuck with eyes as well. Much like Ana, Torbjörn, whose default skin has an eye patch, gets a single googly eye to ensure hilarity on the battlefield.

Googly eyes for Overwatch on Aprils Fools’ Day 2020

Overwatch heroes who are known to have a more serious personality in terms of lore are not free from the prank. Reaper, for example, has his mask plastered with eyes that jiggle in-game and on his character selection screen. 

This early April Fools’ Day prank is not only limited to playable characters, however. When Overwatch players activate Hanzo’s ultimate ability, the dragons will have those eyes, too.

This isn’t the first time Blizzard played an April Fools’ Day prank on Overwatch players. Last year, when players selected Reinhardt and communicated with their teammates through in-game chat, their messages got capitalized. This was in addition to a series of exclamation marks to emphasize Reinhardt’s personality.

As for Blizzard’s other pranks over the years, there have been a lot of them. In fact, there is an archive from 1999 to 2015 that lists all of the company’s pranks.

Overwatch heroes get googly eyes as early April Fool’s Day prank heroes of the storm

Heroes of the Storm April Fools’ Day Prank from 2015. Image provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

For instance, in 2015, Heroes of the Storm characters got inflated heads. Players within the Nexus laughed as playable characters such as Illidan Stormrage, Sylvanas Windrunner, and even Murky received their adorable, yet sometimes creepy forms. 

What else Blizzard has in store for its games this year, such as World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, remains to be seen.

Amy Chen
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A recent University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favourite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!

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