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Jeff Kaplan asks Smash Ultimate to add Overwatch hero as DLC fighter

Published: 1/Aug/2020 0:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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Jeff Kaplan is once again asking for Nintendo to add an Overwatch hero to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Smash Ultimate is considered to be the biggest crossover in video game history, where characters who would never show up together in any other title duke it out.

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With the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy 7’s Cloud Strife, Metal Gear’s Solid Snake, Street Fighter’s Ryu and even Bayonetta on the mix, it’s unlikely any game will come close to surpassing its unprecedented roster depth.

In a Reddit AMA on July 30, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan was asked which hero would be the best fit if there was going to be an Overwatch representative for Smash Bros.

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Jeff Kaplan thinks Tracer should be in Smash Ultimate.

“Tracer plz,” was Kaplan’s swift response to the question, choosing the game’s mascot.

Meanwhile, Lead Hero Designer Geoff Goodman had another idea. “Doomfist could also work,” he said. “He’s kind of a fighting game hero already! He’s certainly inspired by fighting games.”

This isn’t the first time the 47-year-old Kaplan has pushed for an Overwatch hero to come to Smash. In 2019, Kaplan appealed directly to Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai and the rest of the Ultimate team.

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Geoff Goodman thinks Doomfist would make for a good Smash fighter.

“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,” he said prior to the release of hero 32, Echo.

He also elaborated on his pick of Tracer. “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.”

Kaplan is certainly not the first game developer to want to see one of their characters in Smash: Notably, the Doom Eternal devs reached out and spoke to Nintendo about adding Doomguy/Slayer and Ubisoft has been very vocal about Rayman joining the fight.

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Could an Overwatch hero be the next Smash DLC fighter?

Of course, there’s never any harm in asking. After all, Hideo Kojima pushed Sakurai to include Solid Snake in Brawl, and the Smash creator ended up granting his wish.

There are still five DLC characters to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2 and plenty of rumored candidates. Only time will tell if Kaplan and the rest of the Overwatch team end up getting their wish and Tracer or another hero joins the roster.

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Overwatch devs make Elon Musk’s dreams come true by buffing Torbjorn

Published: 14/Oct/2020 3:20 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 3:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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UPDATE (October 13, 7PM PT): Mere hours after Elon Musk confirmed that his Overwatch main was Torbjorn, the Overwatch developers released a video showcasing a newly buffed version of the Damage hero, per his request.

Elon Musk asked for a buff to Torb’s turret and that’s exactly what he got. In the same day that his main hero was made public, the Overwatch team fulfilled his requests and gave Torb one of his biggest buffs to date in a hilarious bite-sized clip.

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The video shows Torb’s deployable turrets soaring off the ground. Three of them remained floating in the sky all at once, blasting down any foe that dared to step out on the moon.

It’s no secret that tech billionaire Elon Musk plays video games, but on October 13, he shocked the internet when he revealed his Overwatch main and how he would buff the hero.

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After making a rather random tweet about the “The Illuminaughty” – a clever play on words, YouTuber twomad asked the 49-year-old if he mains Torbjorn in Overwatch.

Regardless of how the weird topic got started, Elon replied saying “um… yes” confirming he does in fact play Blizzard’s hero-based FPS and mains the Swedish engineer.

The unlikely response earned Musk a whopping 26,000 likes. For much of Overwatch’s lifespan, Torb was considered a bit of a joke or throw pick who offered very little benefit on attack.

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However, after a major rework, the DPS has grown increasingly stronger and is actually one of the most viable heroes in the game at all levels right now.

Sadly, Musk didn’t state how long he had been playing Overwatch or Torbjorn for that matter, so it’s possible that he had only played when the hero wasn’t as good or only after the big rework happened.

Even the official Overwatch Twitter account decided to get in on the fun and replied to Musk with a picture of a giant Torbjorn turret on Mars.

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“We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” they captioned the humorous picture. “Call us.”

Furthermore, Musk went on to explain how he would buff Torbjorn and the ideas were interesting to say the least. “Please buff Torb’s turret!” he exclaimed. “Or maybe 2 weak turrets to allow more strategic degrees of freedom.”

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It was certainly an interesting reply and a sign that we could be looking at one of the most ambitious crossovers in history if Overwatch takes Elon up on his idea.

Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Musk’s ideas make it to the game, but there’s always the Experimental Mode, so it’s possible Elon could end up getting his wish.

Who knows – maybe next time you’re in a game and a player won’t swap off Torb, it may be Elon Musk of all people.