Overwatch Fan Creates Program to Play Songs on Paris Piano

This Overwatch fan created a program to play songs using the Paris piano
This Overwatch fan created a program to play songs using the Paris piano / Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Ever since its introduction, the piano on the last point of Paris has drawn attention from Overwatch's more musically inclined fans. The piano itself is fully playable, but Overwatch offered no easy way to play with any kind of precision — until now.

Overwatch Workshop creator u/Wengzan posted their latest to the game's subreddit Monday, showing off a game mode that can play songs on the piano using dummy bots. Wengzan went on to write a program that converts MIDI files into arrays that the game mode can read, causing the piano effectively to become a player piano.

To demonstrate, Wengzan posted a clip of the piano in action playing the trainer battle theme from Pokémon Red and Blue. With the bots set to invisible, the video becomes a beautiful, hypnotic experience.

Wengzan said they began the game mode as a personal project during Christmas break, but put off completing it until the last Public Test Realm patch fixed several lag-related problems in-game.

"Now it's possible to play up to a few minutes of any MIDI song with this gamemode," they wrote.

For the full breakdown of the mode and to try it for yourself, check out this comment on Wengzan's post.