Overwatch is adding a 27th hero to it’s roster, the first since Moira was introduced in November.
The official Overwatch twitter released a final clue Tuesday afternoon, with even more evidence that we might see some form of Jetpack Cat in Brigitte’s kit.
Look at the leftmost piece of paper with the coffee stain on it. That’s a jetpack for a cat. Can’t tell me anything else. The text of the tweet, “Everyone squared away,” also gives the indication that we’ve got a package deal for Hero 27.
As far as new hero releases go, the community hasn’t been this convinced of a character since the game’s release. Everyone expected Ana to be included in the game, but there was still little evidence she would premiere in July of 2016. Overwatch has steadily improved these releases, giving enough information for wild speculation but not enough to confirm a name.
When Orisa was released, Overwatch first debuted her designer, Efi Oladele. It could be a similar situation for Brigitte, where she has some sort of remote control over her cat.
On Reddit, fans were convinced Brigitte would be the choice. That was largely because of a botched tweet from the Japanese Overwatch account on Tuesday, showing a file name that seemed to spoil the surprise.
The Jetpack Cat hype was at an all-time high on Tuesday, to the point where even Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu got in on the action.
The concept of a cat in a jetpack comes from the Overwatch team, and it’s actual development was revealed in a Gamestop interview with Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan. Here’s how he described it:
..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.
Between Brigitte’s origins and Jetpack Cat’s early design, Hero 27 has potentially been cooking since the game’s release.
We’re working hard getting ready to post everything about Brigitte the second she’s released. Keep this page refreshed for the latest information. For speculation about Brigitte’s kit, check out our post from yesterday.