Overwatch Heroes

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From Mei, to D.va, and Genji, these skins are made with care.

The Overwatch community generally has a deep connection to the game’s heroes, and these fan-made skins prove it.

Since its release in May, there’s been a near-constant stream of new, theoretical skins for Overwatch. One of my favorite things about the game is how much personality Blizzard was able to inject into a team-based shooter. Unless you’re an uber nerd (like me) you’re probably not all that interested in reading about the origins of Winston, or the friendship between Junkrat and Roadhog, but they still come alive through the power of the art direction and origin shorts. It makes me wish Blizzard would flesh out the world of Overwatch in other ways, with other games in the future.

These seven user-created skins are cool, and it’s always fun to look at great ideas, but they also show you just how deep of a connection the community has fostered with these heroes in such a short time. Before the game had even hit open beta I visited Blizzard development studios and saw the office walls papered with fan art. That’s pretty special.

Mei-dusa

I like this one because the theme is so strong. Medusa is the apocryphal figure in Greek folklore who can turn human flesh to stone with a stare. Mei’s entire kit revolves around freezing her enemies. It’s perfect! I just hope they’d add the requisite particle effects to her offense for the extra flavor.

Scuba D.va

There’s so much fun design space within D.va’s character design. I mean, she’s a tiny Korean StarCraft pro inside a huge mech. The image of a scuba-ready D.va inside a giant shark is perfect thematically and artistically—not to mantion the play on the words scuba diver. I mean, personally I can’t wait for her to get some sort of Protoss skin, but this works great too.

Magician Genji

Genji’s playstyle requires a lot of sleight of hand. I don’t think there’s a hero in the entire game with a higher learning curve. So maybe when you’re up against a good Genji and are bursted down from full health it’ll make more sense when you see an actual magician in the kill cam.

Beach Soldier 76

Soldier 76’s entire design is a sendup of the raspy space marines that dominate every other shooter on the market. His pulse rifle looks like a Fisher-Price toy, so handing him an oversized water gun makes perfect sense. Also I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure 76 has a nice butt.

Skeletor Reaper

Reaper is supposed to be annoying. I hate playing as him, because I hate that juvenile, antisocial, world’s-biggest-Slipknot-fan tone. By turning him into a neon He-Man villain, I might finally be able to get on board.

Groovy Lúcio

I guess we don’t really know what kind of DJ Lúcio is, do we? I mean, he’s Brazilian, so we’re assuming some sort of Samba thing, but what if he’s super into disco? I want a Lúcio skin based around every single dance music genre. I can’t wait for Chiptune Lúcio.

Kiss The Cook Roadhog

It is written that every big, burly character in a MOBA-esque game must eventually get a chef skin. Look at Stitches from Heroes of the Storm or Tahm Ketch from League of Legends. Out of all the skins featured in this article, I think this one is straight-up inevitable.

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