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Overwatch 2’s Subsequent Anime Collaboration Is Cowboy Bebop


Spike sits on Cassidy's shoulder.

Picture: Blizzard Leisure / Dawn / Kotaku

Overwatch 2’s second huge anime collaboration is coming in season 9, and this time, it’s all in regards to the basic ‘90s area western Cowboy Bebop. This marks the primary huge crossover occasion the sport has placed on in 2024, and cements that Blizzard is greater than prepared to return to the anime effectively after its One Punch Man collaboration final yr.

As of proper now, we don’t know any of the crossover skins, modes, or different cosmetics that will probably be added as a part of the collaboration. In truth, Blizzard doesn’t even title the occasion in its trailer for Overwatch 2’s ninth season. The one motive we even understand it’s coming is due to a stinger on the finish of the video that includes cowboy gunslinger Cassidy on the western-themed Route 66 map. The digital camera pans to the jukebox present in one of many buildings, and after a coin is tossed in, we hear the enduring horns from Cowboy Bebop’s show’s opening song, “Tank!”

The clip begins on the 2:25 mark:

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We are able to naturally assume Cassidy will probably be featured indirectly. Regardless that we are able to’t make out what pores and skin he’s carrying within the tease, it’s a straightforward pitch to decorate him up as protagonist Spike. As for who else could be featured, possibly Sombra may dress up as Ed since they’re each hackers? Vicious and Genji would make an excellent crossover since Genji is understood to convey a sword to a gunfight. Jet Black’s mechanical arm would make him a straightforward match for Doomfist, however given he was the headline of the One Punch Man collaboration, I’d be shocked if he acquired the identical highlight. However hey, Genji was additionally a part of that collaboration. So something can occur.

Outdoors of anime, Overwatch 2 has additionally collaborated with Ok-Pop group Le Sserafim for premium skins and a brief mode. 5 of its heroes had been even featured in a music video for his or her track “Good Evening.” It stays to be seen how expansive the Cowboy Bebop crossover will probably be, however the One-Punch Man collaboration principally caught to in-game rewards.

Overwatch 2’s ninth season begins on February 13 and can convey an eldritch horror-themed battle move and cosmetics to the shooter. Past that, it should additionally convey some controversial, sweeping modifications by including passive therapeutic to each hero.