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Jeff Kaplan reveals which Overwatch hero he wants in Smash Bros

Published: 2/Oct/2019 18:55 Updated: 2/Oct/2019 19:40

by Michael Gwilliam


With Overwatch on its way to the Nintendo Switch on October 15 and rumors buzzing over an Overwatch hero joining the fray as a fighter in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Jeff Kaplan has revealed which hero he would want in the game. 

Speaking to IGN, the Overwatch game director revealed that Nintendo could use whatever hero they’d want in Smash Bros Ultimate, opening the doors for all sorts of possibilities.

“To the Smash Brothers team, whatever character you want, we love them all. They’re all our babies, you can have any single one of them. We have 31 to choose from,” Kaplan said. 

As Dexerto previously reported, Blizzard devs have been open to the idea of an Overwatch hero making his or her way to Smash Ultimate. In an interview with Inverse, Blizzard producer Wes Yanagi said that while an Overwatch hero in Nintendo’s flagship fighter “would be an awesome thing to have” it was “up to Nintendo right now”.

Lead game producer Matthew Hawley echoed the statement in an interview with Eurogamer calling an Overwatch hero in Smash a fun idea, but “not something that’s up to the Overwatch team.”

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentJeff Kaplan is Overwatch’s Game Director.

With Kaplan appearing to give the go-ahead to Nintendo, there’s no telling what they’d do. Luckily, however, there’s still a lot of room for new characters in Ultimate.

During a September 4 Nintendo Direct, it was announced at in addition to the game’s fifth yet-to-be-announced DLC fighter, Smash would be adding characters beyond the original Fighters Pass

NintendoNintendo revealed that more DLC fighters are on the way – could Tracer be one of them?

If Kaplan could only get to pick one of Overwatch’s 31 heroes to be added, he said it would have to be Tracer. 

“Tracer’s our girl, Tracer’s our mascot. She’d be my first choice,” he said. “There’s a lot of great runners up. I think a lot of people can immediately see Doomfist gameplay applying to Smash, but if it were up to me, I’d like to see Tracer.” 

Blizzard EntertainmentDoomfist and Tracer could work well in a fighting game like Smash.

With Blizzcon right around the corner on November 1, it’s possible that we could be getting a reveal of Tracer in Ultimate and/or a long-awaited and rumored story-driven sequel to Overwatch

In any case, the ball is in Nintendo’s court. 


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

Overwatch Legendary skin
Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.