Since launch last year Overwatch has taken the gaming world by storm. The game has been so lovingly created that fans love to learn new information about the characters and environments.
We’ve taken a look through the new collection of concept art that has just been released in Dark Horse’s Art of Overwatch art-book and picked out some of our favourite pieces for your viewing pleasure. If you like what you see here then you owe it to yourself to pick up the new book yourself.
Mei was originally going to look very different
Mei’s original design had her looking a lot more like an intrepid adventurer than the curious scientist she ended up as. She was deemed to be too intimidating in her original form but you can’t deny she looks crazy cool.
Mercy also looked a little different
That’s right. Mercy was originally going to be a dude! As much as Mercy has found her way into her fans’ hearts all across the world, you can’t deny that this Mercy looks amazing. The grip on his staff is also totally different from the one that made the final cut.
Early hero line-up
In the early hero line-up you’ll find that some of the standard characters look very different. Pharah looked way more mechanical and Lucio is wearing, what looks like a tank outfit in the middle. There are also a number of characters who didn’t make the final cut but could come back at some point. Here’s looking at the floating omnic in the middle that many people believe could be Athena, the game announcer.
Early DVa art had her looking young and huge
In The Art of Overwatch we get a closer look at original concepts for D.Va, one of which was that the pilot for the mech appears much, much younger than D.Va ended up being in the final game. Obviously that’s not the ‘biggest’ change here as you’ll find that at one point her mech had giant Gatling guns and was about twice the size. Please bring this design back Blizzard? #JusticeForDva
Bastion’s ult was completely different
In the book, there’s early art for Bastion’s ultimate which shows that he was originally meant to throw down a mine which would fly into the air and cover the surrounding area in bullets. Obviously Bastion’s ult is great at the moment but it’s a real shame this ability was cut – imagine the potential it would have had to clear out control points.
Two assassins are better than one
Okay this one is pretty widely known already but seeing the full concept art really brings it to life. Basically, Hanzo and Genji were originally the same character. There were a lot of issues with the character design though so they were split into two separate heroes. These images show the design process for that split.
Mandatta crowd diversity
In the Overwatch animated short ‘Alive’ we see Mandatta get assassinated by Widowmaker. Given the omnic is preaching about peace when he is killed, the developers wanted to show a diverse crowd listening to the speech. This concept art brings to life that diversity; easily one of the best features in the game.
The rumoured Valentine’s Day event never came to pass sadly but this concept art showing Valentine’s themed sprays shows that it potentially wasn’t just a rumour. Here’s hoping this content does get used at some point because they’re so damned cute.
Also in the book are a collection of the posters that are shown in the attacker’s waiting room in the Hollywood map. Some of the looked totally new to me so I thought they were worth including. The ‘Rise of the Zomnics’ and ‘Reapening’ posters look so good that I’d actually watch those movies.
Finally, there’s a fantastic-looking one year on character roster art which takes a totally different approach compared to the original character roster art at launch. While the original showed all characters facing forward and drawn to scale, this anniversary art shows all of the roster in a more stylish collage of coolness.
The Art of Overwatch by Dark Horse Publishing is definitely worth checking out. It’ll be available in all good book stores on October 26.