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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


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.

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.

Overwatch reloads her pulse guns on King's Row
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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.

Doomfist uses Meteor Strike
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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.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.