Overwatch Team Makes Little Fan’s Character a RealityJune 16, 2016
Blizzard Entertainment‘s new game Overwatch has taken over the gaming world. And the geek world. And… well the Internet in general. The multiplayer shooter boasts 21 diverse playable characters each with their own special skills. The game has inspired all kinds of fan art, including a little masterpiece by young fan Ava Hickey. Ava decided to create her own original character named Birst, which her dad Shane Hickey shared with the Overwatch team on Twitter. She even made sure to describe her character’s abilities:
“Her name is Birst and she has a boomerang. She has lasers on her suit. You can make her kill or heal. She has things in a bag on her dress and she has a healing box in her bag. She can also fly with wings. She can jump so high.”
— Shane Hickey (@shanehickey) May 20, 2016
So she’s a bit like Mercy but you know, WAY cooler. She has a BOOMERANG and LASERS, people. Blizzard is known for being supportive of its fan community, including an enthusiasm for fan works. So when they saw Ava’s drawing, the team’s response was just as positive as usual. In fact, not only did they love Ava’s art, but they also made their own fan art in return – a concept of her original character!
How awesome is that? Shane later posted Ava’s reaction to her new character art, and it looks like she’s pretty much the happiest gamer girl in the world right now.
— Shane Hickey (@shanehickey) May 23, 2016
And the Overwatch team was glad they could make a young fan so happy.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 23, 2016
The fans love it too! Someone has even started a Reddit thread where people are coming together to flesh out a full backstory and skill set for Birst to truly bring her into the Overwatch universe. We can’t wait to see what creativity comes out of the Overwatch fandom next!