In a recent interview with IBTimes UK, Jeff Kaplan talked a little more about the current state of the next Overwatch hero, Stating:
“Yes! I absolutely know who the next hero is going to be, The next hero is very far along in development, so we’re at the point where we’re doing art for that hero, we’re doing a lot of aggressive play-testing, we know what that hero is, what the abilities are and how they interact, we’re at that point. The heroes past that hero are more in more of a prototype, exploration phase but the next hero we’re pretty set on.”- Jeff Kaplan
This has given fans even more excitement for the next hero as it seems to be moving along faster than imagined! Kaplan also stated that the new hero will follow Orisa in that they are a Tank hero. He didn’t go into any more details though about this new hero or when to expect an announcement for them. So in the meantime we can maybe look for a post E3 release date.
But in another interview with Gamespot, Kaplan talked about an early idea for a scrapped hero. This hero was said to be a talking cat similar to Winston in a sense that they both were intelligent animals. The hero was supposed to use a jetpack to fly around the map, but the team had a hard time working with the small size of the hero and just decided it’d be best to just leave it as an idea. Kaplan was stated:
“We had done a lot of concepting. We had one hero who was just a hockey player. Literally a hockey player. We later made a Lucio skin for a hockey player. But he was just a hockey player hero. Then there was this one hero that was a huge internal debate on the team because we just loved it so much but it didn’t make it. It was this jetpack and it had this cat that laid in it, like a cat does. Then every once in a while it would paw at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack.” – Jeff Kaplan
Though it may have been a weird idea for character, you just have to give them props for creativity. The design sounds like a mixture of Pharah and D.Va, so maybe this cat hero had a helping hand in making some of our favorite heroes.