Overwatch holds many surprises and not all of them are nerfs or buffs! Maps and characters are loaded with Eastereggs and pearls of knowledge. Once a week the good folks at Overfacting go in depth on one of these little pearls, here at omnicpost.com. Make sure to follow their own Instagram account if you want to see more of these.

In the past few years, Blizzard have experimented with many heroes and abilities that helped shape the Overwatch we have today. As shown in the Early Development Gameplay footage from Blizzcon, the original Hero Selection screen consisted of Reaper, Tracer, Mercy, Hanzo, Torbjörn, Reinhardt, Pharah, Winston and Widowmaker. However, if we jump back in time, some of these heroes may not be as recognizable today.

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First of all, let’s have a look at our favorite energetic, British time-travelling hero, Tracer. Tracer was originally a hero in the failed Blizzard Project Titan, as many Overwatch fans know. However, in this game Tracer was initially a male character who went by the name of ‘Jumper’ and had a much longer backstory than the Tracer we know today. Tracer’s ‘Slipstream’ skin shows the heavy jacket that was originally a major part of her design which later became a skin for her backstory.

Designed in Sweden

When Project Titan was in its late conceptual stage, Blizzard desperately wanted their game to have a clear variation between the fantasy based World of Warcraft and the futuristic based Starcraft II. This is when the high-tech dwarf known today as Torbjörn, was born. Blizzard’s art team have previously explained that Torbjörn’s concept inspired the designs for most other heroes in Overwatch. They wanted heroes who were modern but also had technology and lights to give a science fiction feel to the game.

Paws off my Jetpack!

Finally, there was a hero in Overwatch that the team really wanted in the game, however, it didn’t make the cut. In an interview with Gamespot, Jeff Kaplan explained that the hero “was this jetpack and it had this cat that laid in it, like a cat does. Then every once in awhile it would paw at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack.” As far as heroes go in Overwatch, there is a robotic cowboy and a giant gorilla scientist, however, there has never been a character design as absurd as this one, which is probably the reason why this jetpack cat never saw the light of day.

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