Overwatch 2: Kiriko gets One-Punch Man’s Terrible Tornado skin
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Kiriko will get a Tatsumaki the Terrible Tornado skin as part of Overwatch 2’s massive crossover with the Japanese superhero anime and manga One-Punch Man.
The publisher revealed on Xbox Wire that the legendary Kiriko’s Terrible Tornado skin would be offered as part of a package with the Terribly Impressive Victory Pose and the Terrible Tornado Name Card for 2,100 Overwatch Coins.
Art director Dion Rogers said the team was excited about the collaboration, particularly since Aaron Keller, the studio’s game director, is a One-Punch Man fan himself.
“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while,” Rogers said. He described Overwatch’s art style as a “marriage of West-meets-East aesthetics and values,” adding that the game has an anime vibe.
Kiriko’s skin is the third to be revealed in Overwatch 2’s One Punch Man crossover event. Previously, Doomfist got a skin inspired by Saitama, the main character of One Punch Man.
After Blizzard revealed Doomfist’s skin, the publisher posted on social media that Soldier 76 would get a Mumen Rider skin. His One Punch Man skin depicts Soldier 76 with Mumen Rider’s armor.
In a recent interview, Rogers discussed the most challenging aspects of skin design, highlighting the significance of silhouettes in the Overwatch 2 aesthetic.
He mentioned Doomfist as an example. He explained that the developers had never given Doomfist a cape before his Saitama’s skins, so his silhouette remains the shape players are accustomed to seeing. As a result, the developers must exercise extreme caution when implementing a silhouette change for Doomfist.
When asked about Kiriko’s costume, he said that Kiriko would be an excellent fit for the skin because she is a new hero and could use some new cosmetics.
Kiriko matches Tatsumaki’s Terrible Tornado shape and design thanks to her silhouette-defining flared skirt. Rogers described it as a “natural choice” for her.
Kiriko’s particular playstyle complements Tatsumaki’s incredible telekinetic abilities, which allows her to fight some of One Punch Man’s most famed enemies.
In addition to the skin, Tatsumaki’s green shade will be applied to Kiriko’s fox spirit, kunai and talisman during battles. Rogers argued that they could do her hairstyle, but her skirt and the angled elements of her apparel provide much of Kiriko’s base silhouette.
The art director also said that One-Punch Man would be incorporated into the Overwatch universe through a cosplay approach.
“That’s our approach,” Roger said. Since the heroes of Overwatch are cosplaying as OPM characters, Rogers joked that they were anime fans too.
Rogers said the developers would like to collaborate more with One Punch Man in the future, but only when the perfect opportunity arises, as it took them “a long time to get here.”
He explained that one of the things he likes about the new game is that it’s seasonal, allowing the team to insert new things every season.
The crossover between Overwatch 2 and One-Punch Man will run from March 7 to April 6. Blizzard has said it would include a personalized loading screen and several skins.