You know what’s missing in the image up top? A cat with a jetpack. And that sucks, because it would be amazing. I mean, it’s a cat with a jetpack. What’s not to love? And it was almost a thing, according to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, who’s now revealed that a cat with a jetpack hero concept prompted “a huge internal debate” among the team during the game’s development, but got dropped because it went “too far”.
Like a cat with a jetpack is going too far. Everybody knows it won’t get further than the nearest cardboard box. Maybe that’s the real problem.
Asked if Blizzard had ever thought about designing a cat hero, Kaplan told Gamespot that “The answer is yes. This is an exclusive, no one has ever heard this before, but when we were first starting to make Overwatch we had to test the boundaries. It was a new IP and we didn’t know how far or wide we could go.”
He went on to discuss some of the other hero concepts in the game, including the talking gorilla scientist Winston and the much more standard issue Soldier 76, and the space between them of what works, and what doesn’t.
“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,” he said. “That was one of those moments that helped define Overwatch. We just went, ‘Yeah that’s probably too far.’ But yes. We had a cat hero.”
But why not?
“I just can’t imagine it from first-person, seeing those little cat paws because – do you have a cat?” he explained. “When I’m playing Overwatch the cat is on the desk and walking in front of me or if I have a bottlecap on the desk it has to walk over and knock it off. We just imagined having that and…”
I just imagined having that and I’m, like, YES, PLEASE. Watch me walk in front of the control point and block everybody. Look at me, I’m knocking all these stupid humans off the payload. I’m a cat with a jetpack. I rule the universe.