Xbox Wire can completely reveal considered one of Overwatch 2’s upcoming One-Punch Man collaboration skins – help hero Kiriko within the type of Horrible Twister. The legendary pores and skin comes as a part of a wider collaboration between Overwatch 2 and One-Punch Man, which has already seen Doomfist revealed in a pores and skin based mostly on the eponymous superhero himself, Saitama.
The Legendary Horrible Twister – Kiriko pores and skin will arrive as a part of a bundle, obtainable for two,100 cash within the Overwatch 2 in-game retailer. The bundle consists of the legendary pores and skin, the Terribly Spectacular Victory Pose, and the Horrible Twister namecard. The pores and skin – and the remainder of the One Punch Man collaboration – can be obtainable from March 7 till April 6.
It’s the primary main in-game collaboration for Overwatch since a LEGO-inspired Bastion pores and skin in 2019, and I caught up with Artwork Director, Dion Rogers to learn how this surprising partnership emerged:
“It’s one thing we’ve been eager to do for some time,” he begins. “You recognize, Overwatch’s artwork model is form of a wedding of West-meets-East aesthetics and values – there’s a little bit of an anime look to Overwatch. So, being followers of anime, we had been in search of a companion to collaborate with. And we checked out numerous studios, after which when One-Punch Man got here up, it was shocking how many individuals on the crew knew the anime, they cherished it, they watched it. Aaron Keller, our sport director completely is aware of all of the characters and issues backwards and forwards.
“So it was fairly shocking. We felt like that’s an awesome one as a result of the crew could be very excited by this concept – as a result of the crew knew the anime so effectively, and so they had been so excited, it’s at that time that it actually felt like the precise match.”
Rogers wasn’t unsuitable. He says that the collaboration was so well-liked within the studio that, on the very first crew assembly about it, the character artist for the Saitama – Doomfist pores and skin started drawing designs throughout the decision, and was sharing them quickly after. In case you needed some measure of how a lot the Overwatch crew likes One Punch Man, think about the truth that Doomfist had a voice line referencing the present for years – “One punch is all I would like” – earlier than this crossover got here collectively. “Yeah, we had been impressed,” Rogers laughs once I ask about it.
So, what about Kiriko’s costume particularly? Horrible Twister is an extremely highly effective psychic on this planet of One-Punch Man, and comes with a definite character all of her personal. What made Kiriko the precise match to placed on her costume?
“A part of the problem of bringing a few of the heroes in is principally [because of] a silhouette change. So gameplay-wise, we’ve got to watch out. Doomfist, for instance: as Saitama he positive aspects a cape. Doomfist, we by no means give him a cape, in any of the skins, in order that his silhouette – the form that gamers are used to seeing – stays. So we had been very cautious once we utilized this.
“Kiriko – on high of needing some extra skins, as a result of she’s a more recent hero within the sport – she suits the silhouette of [Terrible Tornado] fairly effectively. So it simply felt like a pure alternative – we might do her coiffure, however plenty of Kiriko’s base silhouette comes from her skirt, the little form of angled elements on her clothes. So we might hold that look whereas capturing [Terrible Tornado] in form of cosplay kind.”
Rogers raises an fascinating level about this collaboration – in most video games, you’d form of assume the heroes had been meant to be a model of the One-Punch Man characters however, in Overwatch 2, they’re cosplaying as them.
“Our heroes are principally conscious of the anime and are followers too. They usually’re cosplaying because the heroes.”
“That’s our method; that our heroes are principally conscious of the anime and are followers too. They usually’re cosplaying because the heroes. So while you see Doomfist sporting the Saitama outfit, he’s a fan too.”
It raises the query – is that this a one-off, or might we see extra cosplay-esque collaborations for Overwatch 2 in future?
“We positively need to do extra collaborations over time, however with the precise alternative [because] it took us a very long time to succeed in right here – hopefully it doesn’t take us as lengthy for the subsequent one. However our objective is to do extra. It was tremendous enjoyable for the crew. It’s shocking, I believe our method overlaps with Overwatch very effectively.”
“And what I like concerning the new sport is it’s seasonal, we’ve got the seasonal cadence of issues now. It’ll enable us to pursue extra issues like this, as a result of we’ve got focused seasons that we are able to plug this stuff into.”
I can’t let Rogers go with out asking the plain follow-up: what would his dream collaboration be as soon as One Punch Man is completed? “Oh yeah. Dragon Ball – that’s considered one of them. Truly, Avenue Fighter, I’d like to combo with Avenue Fighter sooner or later.” Right here’s hoping one (or each!) occur in the future quickly.
Overwatch 2 is out now on Xbox Sequence X|S and Xbox One. The Overwatch collaboration occasion, together with the Legendary Horrible Twister – Kiriko pores and skin, will start on March 7 and run till April 6.
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