There was a time, difficult as to remember, when Overwatch's most bizarre hero was a science monkey who loved peanut butter from the moon. At the start of this year, however, it was usurped by a mech-pilot hamster, robo-voice, Thunderdome-fighter who also comes from the moon. How do you overcome it? Director Jeff Kaplan is not sure he wants it.
"Do we have more bizarre ideas than Hammond?" Kaplan told Kotaku to BlizzCon, referring to the red-hamster ball whose official name in Overwatch is Wrecking Ball. "Yes. Will they ever do it in the game? I do not think so."
He compared Hammond's creation to "moments when all creatives try to go beyond their borders", only to understand what they really are. This led to frictions for the development team, he said. Sparks flew internally as people struggled around the idea of a mega space hamster genius in a world of heroes, villains, and goth and gosels who wore Halloween costumes.
" Hammond was very controversial about the team, "Kaplan said." Like, heated heated debates where we had to calm people, where we were, & # 39; We're not going to ruin Overwatch by introducing this character. "Some people literally felt like we could be." We took him very seriously. "
The end result was a fun, though frustrating-to-play, hero, which was widely accepted by the players' base. [Overwatch. This does not mean, however, that Kaplan and society are willing to make another attempt to push the fiction of Overwatch to its limits .
"There is almost no controversy in the community now," Kaplan said. "Like Winston, I think we made it very natural in the Overwatch universe but I think it was a warning to us to 'Be careful when you push your creative boundaries too much &' # 39. Or at least, we are in cooldown. "
That said, Kaplan is not entirely closing the door to the idea of a hero so extravagant that even Hammond looks meek. Mostly.
"I think that when it comes to the creativity of the Overwatch team pushing against Hammond and Winston is perhaps the maximum possible," he said. "Can it be? For now at least?"