My favorite part of BlizzCon’s Overwatch panel was the announcement of the Blizzard World map. Not only is it a theme park based on Blizzard’s different games (we all know how much it deserves to exist in real life), but it will also come with character skins based on various Blizzard properties. Plus, it finally gives Zarya a cool skin. However, we only got a sample of the character costumes Blizzard will include with the map, which got me thinking about what Blizzard World skins I would love to see for the rest of the Overwatch roster. Here’s what I came up with:
Ana — Starcraft’s Kerrigan
I will admit Widowmaker’s Nova skin is something I wanted for a long time, partially because Nova has a Widowmaker skin in Heroes of the Storm, but where does that leave Overwatch‘s other sniper, Ana? Well, I think it’s only fair to dress her up as Starcraft‘s Kerrigan (pre-infestation, of course). Ana has a history with Widowmaker, and Nova has a history with Kerrigan; the more you think about the costume, the more it makes sense.
Bastion — Starcraft Siege Tank
Bastion is Overwatch‘s only playable character capable of transforming, so why not give him a skin of Blizzard’s other iconic transforming robot/vehicle, the Starcraft Siege Tank? That would also give Blizzard’s art staff a chance to flex their creative muscles and imagine how a Siege Tank would look if it could turn into a bipedal robot, not unlike the Starcraft II Viking unit.
D.Va — Starcraft Goliath
Canonically, D.Va was a professional StarCraft player who was recruited by her country’s military to fight invading omnic robots, so a skin referencing her eSports origins would make perfect sense and bring everything full circle. Out of all the Starcraft and Starcraft II units available, few fit more than the Terran Goliath. I mean, just look at it; it already resembles D.Va’s mech. The only wrinkle stopping this skin from being a perfect fit is the possibility that D.Va played as either Protoss or Zerg, in which case a Stalker or Ultralisk skin would be more appropriate.
Genji — Warcraft’s Samuro
Ok, granted Samuro never threw shuriken, but everything else fits: he’s agile, a master swordsman (well, swordsorc), and he has a distinctly semi-ninja/samurai aesthetic. Face it: if Genji is willing to dress up as a Super Sentai member, he would probably jump at the chance to dress up as Samuro.
Hanzo — World of Warcraft Hunter
It might be a little obvious a choice, but Blizzard doesn’t have much in the way of popular characters who wield bows and are male. Honestly, the only thing that comes to mind is World of Warcraft‘s de facto bow-wielding class the Hunter. Just give Hanzo an iconic Hunter armor set like the Dragonstalker or Gronnstalker Armor, and he’ll be ready for anything.
Junkrat — Starcraft Infested Terran
Ok, cheating a bit here: Junkrat wouldn’t look like any Infested Terran we’ve ever seen, but that’s still the costume Blizzard should give him. Not only would Junkrat look great with gross Zerg limbs in place of his prosthetics, but all of his weapons and skills would be replaced by Zerg equivalents, especially his RIP-Tire. If you thought seeing his exploding Mad Max tire roll after you was scary, try picturing it as the world’s fastest Baneling. Yea, pants to be darkened.
Lucio — Elite Tauren Chieftain
Blizzard might never have given World of Warcraft or Diablo players a proper bard class, but the company created the archetypal (and bad ass) bard character with Elite Tauren Chieftain, a Tauren chieftain who uses the power or Rock and Roll to melt faces and sound good while doing it. Since Lucio also uses the power of music, it’s a perfect (and meta) fit.
McCree — Starcraft‘s Jim Raynor
I was this close to suggesting a Demon Hunter skin for McCree, but we basically got that with his Van Helsing skin, so I changed my mind and picked Blizzard’s own space cowboy Jim Raynor. I see a lot of Jim in McCree and vice versa, so it makes sense.
Mercy — World of Warcraft Priest
Priests heal other players, and Mercy heals other players. This is just another example of choosing the most obvious choice because it’s the best choice, but admit it: you also want to see Mercy rocking some Tier 5 Avatar Armor too, don’t you?
Moira — World of Warcraft Forsaken Apothecary
I thought picking a costume for Moira was going to be difficult, but then I realized “sadistic scientist lacking in morals who heals allies while hurting enemies” is a trope Blizzard already did with the Forsaken Apothecaries in World of Warcraft. They worked on a plague to kill their enemies and heal themselves (they are technically undead, after all), and Moira’s skill set focuses on damaging enemies to heal allies, so she seems gift wrapped for a Forsaken Apothecary costume.
Pharah — Diablo‘s Tyrael
I was considering suggesting Mercy get one of Diablo‘s archangel costumes, but then I realized they weren’t much in the healing business. Plus, in many ways, Pharah is an avenging/defending angel in power armor, so it makes sense for her to dress up as the iconic archangel Tyrael. Since he is (or was) the Archangel of Justice, the costume would give new meaning to Pharah’s catchphrase, “Justice rains from above.”
Reaper — Blackthorne’s Kyle Blackthorne
Long before Blizzard created Warcraft, it developed the cinematic platformer Blackthorne for the SNES and MS-DOS. The game stars the titular and bad ass Kyle Balckthorne (who is also the prince of the Planet Tuul) and is an oft-overlooked gem that deserves more attention. Granted, Blizzard is trying to bring Blackthorne to Heroes of the Storm, but he seems to be caught in development hell. But, all that aside, Blackthorne and his shotgun deserve a cameo in Overwatch, and Reaper is the perfect bad ass (dual) shotgun-wielder for the job.
Solder: 76 — Starcraft Terran Marine
Sorry I have so many obvious choices in this list, but we all want to see Soldier: 76 dress up in Terran Marine armor. Even if you didn’t realize it at first, now you can’t stop thinking about it.
Sombra — Warcraft‘s Garona Halforcen
Both Sombra and Garona are professional spies, and both know how to play both sides against one another. What more do I need to say?
Symmetra — Starcraft Protoss Probe
Symmetra specializes in building sentries, shields, and teleportation devices, just like Protoss Probes. Moreover, the Protoss know how to create ornate armor that combines form and function, which would no doubt draw the attention of Symmetra as building that kind of stuff is literally her job. While I would normally suggest a Protoss Zealot or Templar costume, they destroy instead of create, which is why a Protoss Probe skin is the most logical choice for Symmetra.
Tracer — Warcraft‘s Chromie
Traveling through time isn’t something many Blizzard characters do, so it was fairly easy to make a list of characters Tracer, Overwatch‘s resident (accidental) time-traveler, would cosplay as. Granted, Blizzard essentially created a race of time-travelers with Warcraft‘s Bronze Dragons, but gamers don’t interact with them a lot save for their ambassador Chromie. This is another situation where the personalities are a match, as both Tracer and Chromie are very upbeat. Also, I’m sure Chromie’s braided buns would look great on Tracer’s head.
Winston — Warcraft‘s Thrall
Winston and Thrall have a lot in common. They both are uncommonly intelligent members of their respective species; they know how to quickly make friends and lead them into battle, and few can match their sheer destructive power when they’re angry. Furthermore, Thrall and Winstons’ weapons shoot electricity, so dressing up Winston’s Tesla Cannon as the Doomhammer only makes perfect sense.
Zenyatta — Diablo Monk
Zenyatta’s a robo-monk who is famous for healing his allies, and Diablo’s Monk class is known for healing his or her allies. I might be cheating a bit here by having a monk dress up as another monk, but if Zenyatta could chose to dress up as any Blizzard character, he probably would pick the Diablo Monk; he’s just that kind of robot.
And those are my ideas. Do you agree with them? Do you have alternative costume ideas? Comment down below, because I would love to hear your opinion.