When Monitoring 2 finally arrives, with the abandonment of one player per team, it will feature redesigns for the 32 heroes of the current Monitoring listing. Since announcing the sequel in late 2019, Blizzard has created some new looks for the characters. Game Director Aaron Keller stopped by the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Show to show off two.
Keller explained that the updated character models feature many new tools, such as the hair shader technology that helped the art team create Baptiste’s revamped hairstyle. He’ll have a shiny cape and gloves that “give him a doctor or surgeon vibe,” Keller said.
Keller also revealed an updated design for Sombra, which was apparently a challenge for Blizzard’s art team. It’s an asymmetrical design with lots of layers of hair, clothing, and tech. Since she is a hacker, there are nodes and integrated circuits in the character model. Whether these split-toe boots are all the rage at the turn of the 21st century remains to be seen.
Baptiste and Sombra’s new looks follow the redesigns that have emerged for Reinhardt, Widowmaker, Mei, Mercy and Torbjörn. There is still no word on a Monitoring 2 release date, but it’s unlikely to be this year.
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