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Blizzard devs open to Overwatch hero joining Smash Bros Ultimate

Published: 20/Sep/2019 16:16 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 16:56

by Michael Gwilliam

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Even before Overwatch was officially announced for the Nintendo Switch, speculation skyrocketed on the possibility of a character from Blizzard’s hero-based FPS making it into Super Smash Bros. Now, the Overwatch devs have weighed in on the possibilities. 

The first serious discussion arose back when a licensed Overwatch protection case for Nintendo Switch appeared in an Amazon listing. While many accurately assumed this meant Overwatch would be coming to the Nintendo console, others brainstormed the chance of a hero appearing in Smash

On September 4, Overwatch for Switch was finally announced during a Nintendo Direct. At the very same direct there was a series of important Smash Bros news. Not only was the release date for the game’s newest character Banjo-Kazooie announced, but so too was the follow-up fighter Terry Bogard from SNK’s Fatal Fury. Most interestingly, however, was the reveal that there would be more than five DLC fighters added to the game

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Prior to this announcement it was believed that there would only be five fighters added post-launch, but now players are guaranteed at least two more with the fifth in the original fighter pass yet to be announced.

In a September 19 interview with Inverse, Blizzard producers Wes Yanagi and Andrew Boyd briefly discussed the possibility of an Overwatch character making their way to the critically acclaimed fighting game and which hero they think would be the best fit. 

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“It’s hard to pick your favorite hero,” Boyd said. “All of them have their own draw in Smash and it’s a really cool idea.”

“It would be an awesome thing to have but that’s up to Nintendo right now,” Yanagi added. 

This echoed Yanagi’s previous comments to Eurogamer when asked about the chance of Tracer appearing in Smash. “There are any number of characters I would love to see in Smash, but we’ll let Nintendo take care of that!” he said in the September 6 interview.

In the same interview lead game producer Matthew Hawley weighed in saying that while the idea of an Overwatch hero in Smash was a fun idea, it’s “not something that’s up to the Overwatch team.”

It’s no secret that plenty of developers are open to having characters from their games appear in Smash Bros as the title has become a celebration of gaming as a whole and not just Nintendo properties. 

NintendoAn Overwatch hero like Tracer may feel right at home in Smash.

Most notably, Metal Gear Solid creator and director Hideo Kojima wanted Solid Snake in Smash Bros as far back as Melee, but had to wait until the franchise’s next instalment ‘Brawl’ to get his wish. 

With Blizzard seemingly giving the green light for Nintendo to add Tracer, D.va or other Overwatch heroes to Ultimate, it appears that the ball is in Nintendo’s court. 

If an Overwatch character is announced for Smash, it could be revealed at Blizzard’s flagship event Blizzcon in November. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and hope. 

Cosplay

Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl

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Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.