Back in October, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan was asked what Overwatch character he would like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Now, that question has been turned on its head, and people want to know what Smash Bros. character Jeff would like to bring over into Overwatch if given a choice.
This time around, the question was posed by Game Informer, who had the opportunity to sit Jeff down and ask him 110 questions in a rapid-fire format. Inevitably, it didn’t take long for the topic of Smash Bros. to come around considering Jeff’s love for the series.
With controlled enthusiasm, Jeff claimed that he would love to have Link over as a guest-star, which is a fairly sensible choice. Out of all the characters in Smash Bros. -- with the possible exception of Samus and Zero Suit Samas -- Link has the best toolkit suited for blending in well with the rest of the Overwatch cast. There are already two different characters in Overwatch that use a sword and bow as he does: Genji and Hanzo, respectively. Link’s bow could be his projectile, with his sword being his melee.
He also has plenty of options for his specials with his boomerang, bombs, shield, and grappling hook. Each of these tools could also offer a different form of utility depending on how Overwatch wants Link to work. His Gale Boomerang could bring people in closer for melee and special attacks (just like in Smash Bros.), and his grappling hook could work like Windowmaker's to get him to advantageous points around the map. There’s a broad realm of fun possibilities to be had with the character.
Link isn’t a stranger to guest-star appearances either, as evident by Smash Bros. (obviously) and his lesser-known Soul Caliber 2 appearance. Jeff recently talked about the length of Overwatch's 2 campaign, and since Link has been apart of so many different tales, it would be interesting to see how the Overwatch team would add him to the new storyline if allowed. Link’s original stories already tend to feature him in a variety of different forms, settings, and styles so he wouldn't be out of place aesthetically. In fact, fans of both Overwatch and Smash Bros. have already reimagined Link in the Overwatch universe through art. Link's inclusion probably won't happen, but the idea is a pleasant one.
Overwatch 2 is in development for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer