Developer Blizzard have paid tribute to a fan who passed away 1 day before the release of Overwatch. In the most recent patch, as well as adding competitive play and a range of tweaks, Blizzard have put in an easter egg to honour the gamer on the one of the maps.
The tribute can be found on the Lijiang tower map, on a display of spacesuits. Above one of the suits, the name of the fan is written in Chinese along with the words, “Heroes Never Die” in a touching gesture.
The 20 year old fan, Wu Hongyu died on May 23rd, 1 day before the release of Overwatch. Reports state that Wu died bravely chasing after a thief that stole his friend’s motorcycle, both cycles collided and Wu died in hospital shortly afterwards. The thief was later caught and Wu has been honoured with a Courageous Citizen award by Guangzhou city government.
Reddit user czhihong reported that Wu was really looking forward to the release of Overwatch and talked often with his friends about it. You can see czhihong’s full post for translations here as well as some very touching messages sent to Wu from his friends after the accident.
It’s lovely to see a games developer honour a fan in this way, it’s just a shame it has come under such tragic circumstances.
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