Jeff Kaplan's Favorite Overwatch Ships

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It’s said that a new Overwatch fan fiction springs into existence once every 26 seconds. Most of them, unsurprisingly, are about ships like Pharah-Mercy (good) and Genji-Mercy (a travesty). Naturally, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has opinions about it.

During an interview at BlizzCon, I asked Kaplan about his favorite Overwatch ships. Thankfully, he fell on the correct side of the great Mercy divide.

“The community that’s built around Pharmercy is amazing,” Kaplan said. “If you look at the fanart and the fiction, they’ve really made it their own.”


His reasoning was similar for his other favorite, slightly more controversial pick: great abs-haver (also, cowboy) McCree and exposed nipple-haver (also, samurai) Hanzo.

“McHanzo is the same way,” he said. “They’ve taken those two characters and put them in all these situations. Again, the fanart and the fan fiction has been off the hook. I just love any time people have passion around our game and take it and make it their own, I think it’s super awesome.”

Kaplan’s heart, though, is in a ship he came up with on his own. “It’s called ‘Banana,’” he said. “It’s Bastion and Ana. I’m hoping it takes off.”

So I guess that’s canon now?

Kotaku senior reporter. Beats: Twitch, streaming, PC gaming. Writing a book about streamers tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.

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McSombra is a more entertaining one, especially when she hacks his arm to punch him in the face.