Overwatch currently boasts one of the more diverse and unique cast of characters in recent memory, which includes a talking gorilla named Winston, a giant pig with a penchant for chains, and a tank-like robot created by an 11-year-old girl. As odd as the hero roster already is, the development team very nearly pushed that weirdness to a whole new level when they considered adding a cat in a jetpack.
In a new interview with GameSpot, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan revealed that, during the early stages of development, the team was testing the boundaries when it came to hero concepts. A number of weird and eccentric character concepts were tested during this phase, including a hero who was just a hockey player and nothing else. But the one idea that caused a big internal debate was the creation of a character that was just a cat lying around in a jetpack, and its abilities basically amounted to nothing more than pawing at the jetpack controls every so often.
"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 awhile it would paw at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack."
While the Overwatch development team loved the idea of a cat in a jetpack and it helped establish the game's identity, they (sadly) deemed the idea as going "too far" and ultimately set the boundaries with Winston at one end of the spectrum, and the standard army character Soldier 76 at the other.
As disappointing as it is that the cat in a jetpack hero was cut from the game early in development, there are new characters coming at some point in the future that may make up for it. Kaplan recently stated that the next Overwatch hero was "very far along in development", and while fans are hoping for the long-awaited appearance of Doomfist, the director did not reveal any details regarding Overwatch's upcoming 25th character.
Given that Overwatch's highly-anticipated King's Row Uprising event will take place on April 12 and the team is far along in development of a new character, here's hoping that there's a chance we may see the cat in a jetpack hero in some form or another next week.
Overwatch is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.