While Overwatch will only be getting one new hero before its sequel launches, there are plenty of potential candidates to join its growing cast. Artist Zenofy took several of its pre-established fan favorites and inserted them into the game’s menu.
In Overwatch, when a new hero debuts, they will normally stand front and center on the main menu for a good week or two to celebrate their addition.
As part of Zenofy’s “alternate” Overwatch history, he envisions a game where Jetpack Cat was added instead of Brigitte, The Junker Queen was added in place of Wrecking Ball, and instead of Ashe, players got their hands on Echo.
When is Echo coming out?
Amusingly, when Brigitte launched, some fans suspected Jetpack Cat could be the new hero, because the teasers Blizzard released had a few callbacks to the infamous character.
Zenofy took Beccy Collins’ art for the fighting feline and placed it on the game’s menu with Cuban map Havana in the background. As you can see, the design looks fantastic, with a weapon of sorts strapped to the jetpack and a buckle securing the cat’s airborne safety.
In an interview with Gamespot, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan said that when the idea for the cat hero was pitched, some people on the team felt it was “probably too far,” and the concept was scratched.
Sometimes I wonder, what Overwatch would look like in an alternate timeline… ?
– What if we got Jetpack Cat instead of Brigitte… – or the Queen of Junkertown as opposed to the Champion… – and what if the Reunion animated short really was for Echo after all?#Overwatchpic.twitter.com/psnom3iZBv
The other two heroes, Junker Queen and Echo, are likely coming to Overwatch in the future. Echo was first teased in the reunion short, and later on in the Overwatch 2 debut trailer.
According to Kaplan, the team wanted to “build her up” before releasing her. The only question is: when will she be coming, and will her release come before Overwatch 2 hits the market?
Fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the Junker Queen’s arrival to Overwatch.
Finally, The Junker Queen was teased as recently as the 2019 Yule Log stream. “I wonder if the Queen is ever going to be a hero?” Kaplan pondered. “What would she be? She’s not going to be Support, right? That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
The Overwatch League season has wrapped up for 2020, but the off-season roster shuffles are only just beginning. Ahead of the 2021 season, be sure to keep your eyes right here on Dexerto as we cover all of the major OWL moves you need to know.
San Francisco walked away from the 2020 Overwatch League season as the league’s first two-time, back-to-back winners. While it was an interesting season, to say the least, the NA squad once again proved why they are the most dominant team in Overwatch history.
However, in 2021, that could all change. After all, the off-season is a wacky and wild time where players could land anywhere.
The Shock went back-to-back in OWL 2020, taking down Seoul Dynasty in the final 4-2.
We saw big movers and shakers in the likes of the Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice in 2020, and what happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.
Before we get stuck into the big moves, there’s a few key dates in the Overwatch League transfer period you need to be weary of.
Oct. 12, 2020: Teams may begin submitting player trades for League Office review. All player trades are subject to League Office approval prior to becoming effective. Teams may also begin extending or otherwise signing their current players to standard contracts.
Oct. 16, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2020.
Oct. 23, 2020: PSAs signed using the 2020 PSA template that are not extended terminate and such Players become free agents. Players who are signed using the 2020 PSA template whose contracts extend into the 2021 Season begin receiving Base Salary at the 2021 Season rate.
Oct. 24, 2020: Teams may begin signing free agents to contracts for the 2021 Season.
Nov. 13, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any team options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2019.
Nov. 20, 2020: Players whose contracts that are not extended become free agents. Teams and players also may mutually agree to an early release from contracts prior to this date.
Jan. 4, 2021: Deadline for all teams to have a minimum of seven players signed to season-long contracts for the 2021 season. (See below for changes to player contract terms for the 2021 season.)
Players who were born on or before June 30, 2003, are eligible to sign Overwatch League contracts for the 2021 season.
October 14: London Spitfire announces the release of seven players: ALTHOUGH, Babel, Clestyn, Highly, Jihun, Krillin, and Schwi.
It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that we must bid farewell to our players. We have offered free agency to most of our players to ensure that they can find a new team to thrive in with the least amount of resistance. #AcesHighpic.twitter.com/PqRIKHGAEn
Both players joined the Uprising amid a turbulent season & we're thankful for their adaptability, resilience & hard work along the way. We wish them success in 2021 & beyond! pic.twitter.com/4q3Z3mntxM
October 6: uNKOE retires from professional Overwatch to pursue Valorant.
I can finally announce that i'm LFT on VALORANT. I would like to join an EU team. I'm not ready yet for a twitlonger, will explain later what happened this season to me. And explain why i stop OW.https://t.co/KNm62mv3ym
DM for Inquiries Discord: uNKOE#5754 RTs appreciated <3