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March 14, 2018 6:37 AM   Subscribe

Introducing... Jetpack Cat. [YouTube] “Jetpack Cat isn’t an official Overwatch hero (yet), but this faux-hero-introduction video from To Binge does a great job of illustrating why the scrapped idea turned incessant in-joke would be perfect for the job. Here is concept art of legendary scrapped Overwatch hero, Jetpack Cat. During a BlizzCon panel about Overwatch’s formative days, game director Jeff Kaplan and art director Arnold Tsang talked more about his origins, saying that they were trying to figure out how far was too far with regards to character designs. “We tried a robot monkey. We tried a crocodile!” said Tsang. That led to Jetpack Cat, who—despite being one of the most popular early hero designs at Blizzard—was scrapped because, Kaplan explained, it was “not Overwatch at this point.” A gorilla scientist from the moon, however, was fine.” [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
But we already have Genji Cat.

mada mada I need healing
posted by Talez at 6:49 AM on March 14 [3 favorites]


My greatest hope is that some day a cat will rescue me from super-intelligent robots.
posted by Fizz at 6:51 AM on March 14


Now that I think about it, it's probably going to be the other way around.
posted by Fizz at 6:53 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


She's no Dogcopter, but she'll do.
posted by gurple at 7:06 AM on March 14 [5 favorites]


Sort of clever initially with the cat lazily tapping a keyboard to build the super suit, but the finished product was uninspired, why not have the cat include a cozy basket to lounge deep in the suit with controls being hanging mouse toys that are lazily batted but drive super weapons.
posted by sammyo at 7:15 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


Now that I think about it, it's probably going to be the other way around.

Super-intelligent robots save you from a cat?
posted by tobascodagama at 7:34 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


well this just confirms for me that Overwatch is literally just the professionalized version of someone's high school doodles, particularly someone who watched a lot of Toonami
posted by runt at 7:35 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


So basically Jetpack Cat is D'Va?
posted by Nelson at 8:14 AM on March 14


I don't know how this cat got stuck in a jetpack or why.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:14 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


the professionalized version of someone's high school doodles

Specifically MY high school doodles. This is how I felt about Jupiter Ascending, and why I love it beyond reason and proportion.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 8:37 AM on March 14 [4 favorites]


Shades of Dex-Starr, the Red Lantern rage kitty.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:19 AM on March 14


OMG! Make this real! I would play Overwatch If I could play as Jetpack Cat.
posted by evilDoug at 10:32 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


am I the only person whose immediate reaction to the monkey with the pompadour at the top center of this one is "I want to punch this asshole"

it's, like, a deep instinctual brainstem reaction, he just has A Face Made For Punching
posted by egypturnash at 10:42 AM on March 14 [2 favorites]


> just the professionalized version of someone's high school doodles

This describes every AAA game title.
posted by ardgedee at 11:02 AM on March 14 [8 favorites]


Also I want to point out, like, I know the internet loves cats and all, but that alligator is a jet plane.

Also he has a charming cajun accent, which I've just now decided is true.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 11:55 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


This describes every AAA game title.

don't I know it. and the writing too :/
posted by runt at 12:57 PM on March 14


Also I want to point out, like, I know the internet loves cats and all, but that alligator is a jet plane.

And the best best part is the illustrator had no idea what to do with his appendages, so he has stubby little alligator legs and human arms.
posted by The_Vegetables at 1:29 PM on March 14 [2 favorites]


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