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Day-One Overwatch Cosplay At Blizzcon

Yesterday afternoon, during the Blizzcon 2014 opening ceremonies, Blizzard announced Overwatch, a character-driven competitive first-person shooter. At the show's costume contest few hours later, the first two Overwatch cosplayers appeared.

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First up is Rachel Day as Widowmaker, the emotionless assassin of the Overwatch cast. Here's what the character looks like:

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And here is Rachel's spot-on interpretation of the character:

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Illustration for article titled Day-One emOverwatch Cosplay/em At Blizzcon

If you're thinking the costume is too accurate to be a rushed fan creation, you're thinking correctly. Rachel Day is a technical artist with Blizzard as well as a cosplayer, so she had a bit of head start.

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Preceding Rachel to the stage was Val as Overwatch's healer, Mercy. Here's the character:

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And here's the costume:

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Illustration for article titled Day-One emOverwatch Cosplay/em At Blizzcon

While I could imagine those wings being re-purposed from an existing costume, the accuracy of the colors on the body suit beneath suggests another case of early warning.

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With its striking cast of unique characters, expect dozens more characters from Overwatch to pop up by the time next year's show rolls around.

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DISCUSSION

PseudoHermes
PseudoHermes

I don't know anything about cosplay culture, but I don't really get this—why would you dress up as a character that was just announced, that you necessarily have no emotional attachment to?

I get it for the artist, if she played a role in creating the character or was otherwise doing this in professional support of Blizzard (do companies ever hire cosplayers?). But otherwise I don't understand.