Overwatch 2 x One-Punch Man Genos-Genji pores and skin revealed – PlayStation.Weblog
Overwatch 2 is teaming up with the world-renowned One-Punch Man anime to deliver a set of collectible cosmetics to the sport, out there for a limited-time from March 7 – April 6! Overwatch 2 Affiliate Director Aimee Dennet and Artwork Director Dion Rogers share their ideas forward of the ground-breaking collaboration, which marks a primary for Overwatch 2 and paves the best way for different thrilling potential IP crossovers for the sport sooner or later. The group is happy to disclose the Genos – Genji pores and skin from the collaboration right here, for the primary time, right now on PlayStation Weblog.
What led to the thought of particularly bringing One-Punch Man into the world of Overwatch?
[Aimee Dennett, Associate Director, Overwatch 2] We’re obsessive about anime on the Overwatch group! Very like our participant base, now we have enjoyable enthusiastic about crossovers and similarities shared between characters from our favourite exhibits. Doomfist and Saitama have been a really pure slot in our minds, given their talents. They’re additionally each bald. It doesn’t harm that our recreation director Aaron Keller can be a giant One-Punch Man fan.
Each Genos and Genji have tragic backstories in widespread, are you able to talk about whether or not these shared experiences made for an ideal crossover, in addition to some other inspiration that led to the Genos-Genji character?
[Aimee] The similarities between Genos’s and Genji’s backstories have been definitely an inspiration. They’re each people who have been pushed to the brink of demise, solely to be rescued and remodeled into cyborgs by docs from their respective universes. We additionally appreciated the truth that each Genji and Genos have a powerful relationship with their mentors. In actual fact, there was an concept that Zenyatta would make for a wonderful Saitama given this relationship (he’s additionally bald!) however Doomfist was all the time the clear alternative for us.
Which points of Genos’s aesthetic and talent have been most necessary to seize on this planet of Overwatch?
[Dion Rogers, Art Director, Overwatch 2] Genos was an ideal match for Genji. The 2 characters are primarily cyborgs, and each have very severe and intense attitudes. We needed to ensure gamers acknowledged that our characters are primarily cosplaying the OPM heroes. Genos’s spiky blonde hair was an attention-grabbing problem, the nearer we matched the type the extra we misplaced Genji within the course of. Our idea artists have been cautious to mix the 2 heroes’ essential aesthetics with out shedding both character within the course of.
What was the thought behind making a hybridized Genos-Genji crossover pores and skin, slightly than attempting to create a completely 1-to-1 Genos pores and skin?
[Aimee] Blizzard video games have very detailed lore and universes, and Overwatch isn’t any exception. From a canon perspective, Overwatch takes place on Earth. One-Punch Man is an anime that exists on Earth, so it’s not immersion breaking should you see the existence of One-Punch Man within the recreation. For our first main collaboration, we needed to be particularly considerate and delicate about this piece, and thought the method of our heroes “cosplaying” characters would match properly. There’s additionally one thing enjoyable about the concept that canon Genji is a fan of One-Punch Man, sees himself particularly in Genos, and would cosplay as that character. That mentioned, we’re exploring non-canon alternatives sooner or later, just like the Overwatch courting simulator we ran for Valentine’s Day.
Are there any particular particulars you wish to make sure that One-Punch Man followers discover about this crossover?
[Aimee] Sure! We’re certain followers of One-Punch Man will discover some enjoyable Easter Eggs. I’m particularly excited to see the response to the sport foyer in the course of the occasion.
What have been essentially the most rewarding points of creating this crossover creatively?
[Aimee] It’s in all probability unsurprising that there are a number of geeks that work on Overwatch 2, and all of us have our personal private slices of popular culture that we’re enthusiastic about. It was massively rewarding to see individuals who have all the time cherished One-Punch Man brainstorm about bringing their favourite anime into the factor they work on every single day. It’s additionally very rewarding to see the reactions of gamers who additionally occur to like One-Punch Man! It appears like a dialog we’re having with our gamers, about how we as a group share the identical passions as them.
Can we stay up for extra thrilling Overwatch 2 x One-Punch Man crossovers sooner or later?
[Aimee] We’ll see! This collaboration was a number of enjoyable to work on and we hope our gamers take pleasure in it!