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Overwatch devs reveal the fascinating history of Mercy’s development

Published: 27/Nov/2019 23:07

by Scott Robertson

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While Overwatch players are in the thick of Mercy’s Recall Challenge, the Overwatch team at Blizzard unveiled the History of Mercy on November 27, giving fans a fascination look at the inspiration for and early concepts of the iconic healer hero.

As metas change and new characters are added, Mercy has always been a staple for casual and competitive Overwatch players. Since the game’s launch in 2016, she’s been one of the most played heroes, and one of the most cosplayed as well.

Currently, Overwatch players are grinding their way to wins with the healer as part of Mercy’s Recall Challenge, with aspirations of earning her Legendary Dr. Zeigler skin. But as they’re doing that, the developers have given fans a peek behind the curtain of how Mercy got to where she was today.

BlizzardFrom drawing to legendary status

According to game director Jeff Kaplan, the possibility of a character like Mercy stemmed from the desire to have a rich diversity of character and class types. That was first suggested by hero designer Geoff Goodman, who wished for a game with 50 very-focused, different classes instead of a class-based shooter with only six or nine.

The current character descends from a developed hero known as the Guardian. The Guardian featured a set of abilities that included a version of the present-day Resurrect and healing beam. The original hero’s weapon was known as the Stinger, and an ability titled Salvation.

After tweaking the abilities, the team altered the Guardian’s appearance. The team shared a collection of early concepts of the Guardian as it transformed into Mercy. The name Mercy comes from an original name for the Pharah character.

BlizzardPerhaps Mercy concepts could be legendary skins in the future?

The team at Overwatch also explained that Dr. Zeiger isn’t just a random doctor’s outfit to unlock; it’s a symbol of Mercy’s past. Born Angela Zeiger, she pursued a career in medicine after her parents were killed while volunteering at a hospital during the Omnic Crisis. 

After earning two medical degrees, Zeiger joined the Overwatch program, where she would eventually engineer the Valkyrie swift-response suit the character wears now. More is explained on that in the short story video that just released.

This suit is what gives her the ability to close the distance towards allies that require healing quickly.

The feature by the Overwatch team beautifully shed some light on the fascinating history of the Mercy character and gave fans an idea of what goes into character/hero design for a game like Overwatch.

Mercy’s Recall Challenge is still available to play, and earn rewards in, until December 2nd.

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Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.

 

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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.

 

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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.

 

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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.