The Overwatch 2 team knows you all want a flamethrower hero, they're just "difficult" to create

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The Overwatch 2 team has acknowledged fans' requests for a flamethrower-themed hero but says one would be "difficult" to create. 

In an interview with GameSpot (opens in new tab), the lead hero designer of Overwatch 2, Alec Dawson, and art director Dion Rogers discussed the possibility of a flamethrower hero and what other ideas they have for the game's characters in the future. "I always ask Alex for a flamethrower hero," Rogers says, "but it's a difficult hero to create in our game." The art director did express excitement about the prospect, though. 

It seems like Overwatch 2 fans have the same idea. As demonstrated in this Reddit post (opens in new tab), fans have been throwing around the idea of a hero that uses a flamethrower as far back as two years ago - long before Overwatch 2 launched. There's also been a few posts on the same topic as recently as two months ago (opens in new tab). Despite all this fan feedback, though, it looks like Blizzard isn't in a rush to implement such a hero right now. 

In the same discussion, the Overwatch 2 team expressed a desire to explore more existing characters as heroes: "There's plenty [of character concepts], especially with the world of Overwatch being so rich," Dawson said, "I think a lot of those characters that you haven't seen become heroes, I think one day we definitely want to explore what they would be like as a hero." 

In other Overwatch 2 news, Blizzard is building a new map live on Twitch with help from the community. That's right, game director Aaron Keller and the aforementioned Dion Rogers will be taking to the streaming platform later today (or in the early hours of tomorrow for the UK) for the "Twitch Makes Overwatch" livestream. The two developers will be designing a new map for the FPS game with input from fans via Twitch's chat feature. So now's your chance to ask for a flamethrower-themed map too. 

Need a break from the Blizzard shooter? Take a look at our games like Overwatch list for ideas on what to play next. 

Hope Bellingham
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After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.