May 24, 2024

An Overwatch 2 and Team Fortress 2 Collaboration is Happening, But Not in The Way You’d Expect

Highlights

  • Robin Atkin Downes, the voice actor of Team Fortress 2’s Medic, hinted at a crossover between Overwatch 2 and Team Fortress 2, igniting excitement among fans of both games.
  • Although the two games have different mechanics and styles, they share similarities in team-based gameplay and unique playable characters.
  • Shortly after teasing the collaboration, Downes announced a podcast with Mercy voice actor Lucie Pohl, and fans are hoping this is the first step toward some in-game content.


Many in the gaming community have long drawn comparisons between Overwatch 2 and Valve’s Team Fortress 2, but the two worlds will soon collide as Robin Atkin Downes, voice actor of Team Fortress 2‘s Medic, is doing a podcast with an actor from Overwatch. Fans of Overwatch 2 have had a lot of content to dig into after the sequel launched in early access late last year, though Team Fortress 2 has also enjoyed its first major update in years after its Summer 2023 update dropped in July.

Though Overwatch 2 and Team Fortress 2 are only loosely similar in terms of mechanics and style, similarities between the two massively-popular FPS titles have been pointed out since before the original Overwatch was released. Both games pit two teams against each other in a battle to complete certain objectives, with each title featuring its own roster of unique playable characters. Though Overwatch 2 features a much longer list of heroes to choose from, some of the fundamental gameplay elements between the two games follow the same principles, with every playable character featuring their own set of weapons and abilities and careful team composition being a key to success.

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Though the many bold changes that Overwatch 2 has made to its gameplay loop over the years has driven the game’s experience to be something quite different to that which is offered by Team Fortress 2, the foundational similarities seen throughout the two games’ history has brought both communities together to some extent. A recent tweet from renowned voice actor Robin Atkin Downes, the voice of the Medic in Team Fortress 2, had fans excited about a potential crossover between the two character-based FPS titles. The actor tagged both Overwatch 2 and Team Fortress 2 in the tweet and used the term “Uber Healing,” which references both Team Fortress 2‘s Ubercharge and Overwatch 2‘s healing mechanics.

The Team Fortress 2 voice actor later followed up with another tweet, announcing a collaboration between himself and the voice actress of Overwatch 2‘s Mercy, Lucie Pohl, on Streamily. This event is labeled “Medic meets Mercy TF2 x Overwatch 2 crossover signing” on the site, and will feature the two voice artists doing a crossover signing in a livestream scheduled for August 30th at 11pm PDT on Instagram. Fans may recognize countless similar events organized by the Team Fortress 2 voice actor in the past, though whether this is one-off event or a sign of greater things to come is yet to be determined.

After all, Overwatch 2 seems eager to dive into crossovers with other franchises, with the game’s collaboration with One-Punch Man being a prime example of this. The crossover saw a number of new themed cosmetics come to the game, leaving many players eager to see similar collaborations take place in the future.

Overwatch 2 is available in early access on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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