With the latest addition to the Overwatch roster recently being revealed, many fans have wondered why Blizzard didn’t simply follow fan requests and get popular actor Terry Crews to voice the gauntlet-weilding mercenary. Of course, while fans will always miss what could have been, the developer had its reasons for hiring Sahr Ngaujah to play Doomfist instead.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Blizzard Senior Designer Michael Chu revealed the company’s reasons for not using Crews for the voice of the latest Overwatch hero.
“We love Terry. Terry’s awesome. He came and visited us. We had a great time. But when we were looking for Doomfist, we were looking for something very specific given his role in the game and everything. When we were early in the audition process, we heard Sahr, who’s the actor who plays Doomfist, and he just blew us away immediately. Once we heard his voice, it was like, ‘Holy crap. That’s Doomfist.'”
The designer also commented that Ngaujah brings a lot of flavor to the role, being able to capture a lot of different aspects of the character, which really help bring Doomfist to life. Given the fan reaction so far, we’d say that the veteran actor/director was an exceptional pick for the newest character, although a lot of players are still holding out hope for a Terry Crews role in the future.
For those wondering what could have been, one dedicated Overwatch fan has spliced together footage of the beloved actor alongside gameplay of the new hero, showing us what it would have been like if Blizzard had decided to choose Terry Crews for Doomfist. The results are a more comedic take on the otherwise serious character, though it’s hard to deny that the actor would make a great addition to the game’s diverse array of talented voice actors.
As far as Doomfist is concerned, it may be disappointing that Crews didn’t get the job, but Sahr Ngaujah fits the role just fine. With more and more heroes coming to Overwatch all the time, though, it’s possible that Crews could voice a future member of the title’s roster, giving the actor the chance to influence the game with his powerful vocals and larger-than-life personality.
Overwatch is available now for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.