Blizzard has a canonical cause for why its Overwatch 2 heroes are sporting the upcoming One Punch Man costumes.

Talking to Xbox Wire, Overwatch 2 artwork director Dion Rogers stated that the characters do not change into One Punch Man characters once they use the crossover skins, they’re simply large followers.

“That’s our strategy; that our heroes are principally conscious of the anime and are followers too. They usually’re cosplaying because the heroes,” Rogers stated. “So once you see Doomfist sporting the Saitama outfit, he’s a fan too.”

The hero shooter’s wall-climbing help character Kiriko will get a pores and skin primarily based on Tatsumaki, or Horrible Twister. The pores and skin swaps her outfit to black and provides her green hairlike the psychic One Punch Man character.

Overwatch 2 takes place someday round 2077 and Kiriko is in her early 20s, which suggests One Punch Man fandom held robust for over 60 years on this universe. I’d have guessed Neon Genesis Evangelion could be the one to outlive that lengthy. Doomfist and Soldier: 76 are a lot older than Kiriko, so I can see why they’d gown up as One Punch Man characters.

Rogers additionally stated that many individuals on the Overwatch 2 staff love One Punch Man, which was what compelled them to chase this collaboration. Doomfist, for instance, launched with a voice line that references One Punch Man.

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The Kiriko Horrible Twister pores and skin will drop with the One Punch Man occasion on March 7. Her pores and skin will are available a bundle with a profile title card and a victory pose and value 2,100 Overwatch Cash. Doomfist will get a Saitama pores and skin within the retailer, and Soldier: 76 will get a Mumen Rider pores and skin you can earn free of charge.

Blizzard hasn’t revealed a restricted time mode for the One Punch Man occasion but, however a trailer will debut subsequent week with extra particulars.