It’s no tip that Blizzard has ideated hundreds of heroes for Overwatch, distant some-more than have eventually done it into a game. But few of those characters left on a slicing room building have been as constrained as a impression famous as “Jetpack Cat.”
Game executive Jeff Kaplan suggested a existence of Jetpack Cat progressing this year in an talk with GameSpot. It was an early judgment that was dear internally, he said, though famous as “too absurd for Overwatch.”
At BlizzCon today, Kaplan and lead impression judgment artist Arnold Tsang showed off some of a beginning ideas for Overwatch, that was innate from a remains of Blizzard’s canceled MMO, Titan. Jetpack Cat was combined during that time of exploration, Kaplan said, though as comical as a judgment was, it “felt like we were slipping out of a universe” they were building.
There were during slightest dual ideas for Jetpack Cat: one a mischievous animation cat with a drastic strain and another (perhaps some-more accurate) idle chronicle who uses his jetpack as a mobile recliner of sorts.
As it turns out, Jetpack Cat wasn’t a usually drifting animal Blizzard dreamt adult during Overwatch’s early days. Here are some other early favourite ideas.
Yes, that is a drifting alligator. That favourite is assimilated by a few other furious ideas, including a free-flying gorilla with a flamethrower, a gargoyle, a four-legged ape mech and “a creepy child with a goatee” and a fiery head.
There competence be wish for Jetpack Cat and Flying Alligator to lapse someday, however, as Kaplan remarkable “these competence be ideas for another game, though not Overwatch.”
Kaplan has also talked about one of a other straight-up weird ideas, famous usually as a Hockey Hero (who kind of done it into a diversion as a skin for Lúcio). Here’s a demeanour during Hockey Hero, as good as an visitor quadruped and a favourite in a full explosve suit.
Finally, here’s a demeanour during an thought house of heroes from Overwatch’s beginning days, when Blizzard staffers were personification with about 50 ideas for characters. Some of those concepts we’ve seen before. Some are really tighten to their final doing in Overwatch. There are nascent versions of Mei (Frost), Reinhardt (when he was an African soldier famous as Wildebeest), Mercy (Angelica), Pharah (then famous as Mercy) and others. Perhaps a many engaging early thought is that Torbjorn (Ironclad) once pounded foes with … a bowling ball.