Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is full of surprises. For example, it turns out that he’s a Hanzo apologist. And, at one point, he considered a cat in a jetpack as an original Overwatch hero. There’s still time, my man. We want that cat hero.
Yesterday, in an interview with GameSpot, Kaplan revealed a few more tasty info morsels. Here are some highlights:
- New hero development will go at the same pace it has, which is roughly every four months, because “I think we need to take a step back from hero development in Overwatch and really evaluate what it does to the meta”
- Blizzard contacted the girl who insulted another kid by calling him a “Hanzo main.” Kaplan told GameSpot, “The parents sent back this lovely letter to us and said, ‘We appreciate it so much that you guys reached out. We’ve been talking to our daughter about not making fun of somebody for maining a certain hero.’”
- They also considered a hero that “was this jetpack and it had this cat that laid in it, like a cat does. Then every once in awhile it would pay at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack.”
- Kaplan prefers Hanzo to Genji, adding that, no, Genji will never get patched out
For the full interview, go to GameSpot.
[Correction—1:00 PM]: The original article stated that Orisa was conceived during Overwatch’s Christmas party when Jeff Goodman was rolling around on the floor. This appears to have been a joke. We regret the error.