Overwatch keeps fans coming back for more with its engaging gameplay that rewards players for dumping hours and hours into leveling up and climbing the ranks. As a fast-paced shooter with interesting mechanics, it isn’t difficult for Overwatch to keep its player base engaged. Part of the really cool thing about the game when compared to other games in the genre, however, is the interesting lore and backstory for characters that ties each hero into the larger world. The mastermind behind a lot of that lore – and even the storyline and direction for events – is lead writer Michael Chu. In a Reddit AMA, Chu talked about the future direction of Overwatch and may have even given us some rumors as to a new Overwatch hero.
Michael Chu wasn’t the lead writer from the start, but he’s definitely an Overwatch lore aficionado. Hearkening back to one of the first hero prototypes, Chu expressed interest in the idea of a jetpack cat and gave us his musings over the possibility of an inclusion:
“Until Uprising, one of the biggest bits of story that I wanted to explore was Overwatch before it was shut down, to give a sense of what the organization was like at its height. Moving on from there, I’m most excited about developing and releasing story about some of the heroes who haven’t gotten as much attention, and also the Talon organization.
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about jetpack cat since Jeff mentioned the hero a while back. I wasn’t on the team when the original concept happened, but I’ve been thinking that Torbjorn has a particularly interesting cat, and who knows what stuff Torbjorn has lying around…”
It’s possible that a Jetpack cat won’t actually make it in as a new Overwatch hero and that Michael Chu just finds the concept interesting, but the fact that Jetpack Cat has a basic prototype and that the lead writer has found a way to include it in lore may make it more likely that we’ll see something similar in the future.
Though not necessarily related to a new Overwatch hero, Micahael Chu also expressed interest in further exploring the backstory of the Talon organization, Overwatch’s villain faction. He spoke on Reaper and Widowmaker, saying:
“”Like Reaper, I think when we originally told [Widowmaker’s] story, we told a very simple version and both of those characters could benefit from further exploration.”
I imagine we may see more from Talon with a future new Overwatch hero, and more bad guys and the possibility of a jetpack cat has me super excited. What do you guys think? Is this just the lead writer’s unfocused rambling or hints at characters to come? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.