Did you know, the idea for Tracer to have dual machine pistols was inspired by Call of duty?
The Overwatch Subreddit has been steadily growing since the games release, and is full of gamers who are passionate about their favorite game. This is where lots of people come together to discuss everything from team composition to theories on the latest possible heroes. Reddit user /u/AutiMechanic decided to take things one step further and send out an internet wide request to have game director Jeff Kaplan do an AMA (Ask Me Anything), along with a few sample questions that they would love to have answered. As the post gained support, Kaplan (who is apparently a daily Reddit user) decided to grant the request, and started answering questions in the comments. Below are a few samples of questions that were answered, and includes a few surprises as well.
What stories do you have that you can share from the initial development of Overwatch?
The first hero we implemented was Tracer. We did not have any animations or gun models. So she shot laser beams from her eyes.
Who is your favorite hero?
This is going to sound canned but I fall in love with a different hero each week. I think that’s one of my favorite parts about OW. I totally get “maining” and I have heroes I play more than others… but I’m constantly discovering new things about different heroes on different maps… and then of course there is their backstories etc…
Also, every time Hanamura comes up I will only play Hanzo on defense. Because… roleplay… meet me on the porch, Genji
Apart from Overwatch, what is your favorite game to play?
Right now? Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s a masterpiece.
Can you talk about the hero development, like their old abilities, Geoff said Sombra could hack the payload/points, Torbjorn doing friendly fire, etc, there’s more excluited abilities for any other hero?
The hero who had the most changes was Bastion. We used to tease that Bastion had the “ultimate of the week”… He had grenades, he had a remote mine, he could shoot through walls… yes BASTION COULD SHOOT THROUGH WALLS… he had an artillery volley… we just never could get it right. We were really pleased with the tank though. Transforming into another form really fit the character. It was way more work than any of the other abilities but it was worth it.
Wasn’t Tracer a character from the game that was cancelled?
Titan was a class-based Shooter/MMO and one of the classes was called the Jumper. The Jumper wasn’t a specific character but rather an avatar (like warrior in WoW). Blink, Recall and Pulse bomb were all designed for the Jumper… as well as dual wielding machine pistols (at the time I was playing tons of CoD: MW2 and my loadout was M16 primary/ G18s secondary… the Jumper guns were my G18s)
Typically, what do you not like to hear from the community?
I don’t like when you’re mean to each other. I don’t like when you’re mean to the people I work with… especially if you call them lazy. They are the hardest working people in games. I also don’t like when people say “x hero needs an overhaul” when they really mean the hero needs a slight balance tweak. Generally, I don’t like toxic behavior or hyperbole.
Jeff goes on to discuss various subjects during the few hours he was online, including the possibility of behind the scenes footage of game development, his thoughts on Youtuber Dinoflask’s parody videos, his favorite maps (Hanamura), future plans for the game, and the return of special events like the Summer Games. Overall the conversation is hilarious to read, and Jeff’s passion for the game and community is incredible to see. If you would like to read the whole conversation, you can do so by clicking here, and it is definitely worth reading.
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