In 2023, Blizzard opened up Overwatch’s world for third-party collaborations. The primary was a set of skins and different cosmetics based on the anime/manga One-Punch Man, which naturally turned Overwatch’s personal “one-punch man,” Doomfist, into the titular hero with a brand new pores and skin. The cape is lush, however he’s not the one hero who obtained to cosplay through the occasion. Soldier: 76 will get to experience a motorcycle as Mumen Rider, Kiriko’s inexperienced wig is wigging because the Horrible Twister, and Overwatch’s resident cyborg Genji naturally turns into One-Punch Man’s cyborg Genos.
Wanting again, the collaboration was unusual as a result of One Punch Man hasn’t actually been doing a lot as of late, with the third season nonetheless in improvement and the final one having come out in 2019. However there’s a stunning quantity of affection proven within the skins, spotlight intros, and different cosmetics, as foolish as it’s seeing Soldier: 76 pedaling like his life relies on it.
The second large collaboration was with Okay-Pop lady group Le Sserafim, and it was an absolute banger of an occasion. Take my hand, stroll with me. Have you ever heard the nice phrase of Le Sserafim’s catchy as hell bop “Excellent Night time”? Have you ever basked within the glory of Tracer, Kiriko, Brigitte, D.Va, and Sombra geared up for a K-Pop concert, serving among the most glamorous skins Overwatch has ever seen? And did you watch the music video, by which all of the beforehand talked about girlies attend a Le Sserafim live performance and use their varied skills to have their very own excellent night time? It dominated. I’m nonetheless carrying the Sombra pores and skin after I play her, and haven’t any plans to take it off.
Whereas Blizzard seemed exterior of its steady for crossovers, it additionally seemed to the opposite aspect of the workplace and had a Diablo crossover, as effectively. Moira mains rejoiced as she finally got a decent skin out of the arrangement, although the Diablo-themed co-op mode was extraordinarily mid and tiresome. Additionally, John Cena confirmed up in a viral marketing campaign for some cause, although that had no affect on the sport itself.
Even for those who don’t watch One-Punch Man or jive with Le Sserafim’s music, Overwatch 2’s collaborative occasions have felt significant, not like they’re simply low-cost crossovers. The crew at Blizzard has performed lots to seize the vibes of its companions with out it coming on the expense of its personal identification. Crossovers will be exhausting, as games like Fortnite can lose their entire sense of self as they litter their worlds with items of different properties. However to this point, Overwatch 2 has discovered a contented medium in paying tribute to one thing inside its personal framework. — KS