It's hard to find many faults in the diverse, colorful Overwatch character roster — that is, until you find out that Blizzard originally had plans to include a character that was literally just a cat wearing a jetpack.
Yeah, I bet you feel pretty mad now, don't you?
This stirring revelation came courtesy of an interview with Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan in Gamespot. Here's the relevant excerpt:
We had done a lot of concepting [in the early design phases for Overwatch] ... There was this one hero that was a huge internal debate on the team because we just loved it so much but it didn't make it. It was this jetpack and it had this cat that laid in it, like a cat does. Then every once in awhile it would paw at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack.
That was one of those moments that helped define Overwatch. We just went, "Yeah that's probably too far." But yes. We had a cat hero.
For some horrifying reason, the folks at Gamespot didn't dig any deeper or ask for concept art or anything, so we decided to let our imaginations run wild.
Look, not every day is a slam dunk for big, investigative, 3,000-word Spotlight-style articles. Sometimes you just wanna sketch cats. And that's the kind of day we're having here at Mic. We put our very own Alex Borkowski up to the task, who reimagined this hero as a regular ol' kitty cat who'd rather curl up for a nap inside his rocket ship than fight evil robots.
Here's another concept design from Max Fleishman:
Farewell, jetpack cat. We never knew you, and yet we miss you terribly.
Send your own designs for jetpack cat to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature them here.
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