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Overwatch Developer Reveals Secret Behind Funky Baptiste Skin

The new skin for the Haitian medic has a touching tribute
The new skin for the Haitian medic has a touching tribute / Photo by Blizzard Entertainment

An Overwatch developer who helped design one of the skins for Overwatch's fifth anniversary event has revealed some behind-the-scenes inspiration behind it, from that developer's very own mother.

To help celebrate the fifth anniversary of Overwatch, a slew of new skins have been released for players to enjoy and admire, and as a part of that, concept artist Armando Gonzalez-Dorta helped create the Funky Baptiste skin, giving the Haitian hero a disco-inspired offbeat vibe, and players have loved it so far. Thrilled with this news, Gonzalez revealed a secret detail behind the turquoise ring that Baptiste sports in the new skin.

In a tweet, Gonzalez mentions how Baptiste's ring is modeled after his mother, as a tribute to her, calling her "one of the most bad-ass and inspiring person I've ever known," and posted a side-by-side comparison of his mother and the new skin, both showing off their turquoise rings in unison. Fans loved hearing this extra tidbit, adding even more depth to a design that players had already fallen in love with, as well as having a touching reference to demonstrate a mother's love and support.

Although many players and fans are still expecting and waiting for eventual news about the release date of Overwatch 2, the fifth anniversary event has been well-received, with many of the skins, including Funky Baptiste, becoming quick fan-favorites across the community. Until more information is revealed about the future of Overwatch 2, the anniversary event and skins will have to make do for fans.