'Overwatch' Blackwatch Genji: Fans think the "Uprising" comic is teasing a new Genji skin


A new Overwatch event is just around the corner, and that means the fans are excited about one thing in particular: new cosmetic skins for their favorite characters.

Specifically, the Overwatch fandom seems to be excited about Genji's appearance in the "Uprising" comic, an Omnic crisis-themed bit of lore to accompany the forthcoming event.

The fans are calling his edgy new look "Blackwatch Genji" and they desperately, desperately want it to be a thing.

Overwatch fans are thirsty for a new Blackwatch Genji skin

In the "Uprising" comic, it's revealed that Genji was a part of Blackwatch, a covert subsection of the Overwatch organization which Gabriel Reyes — aka Reaper — and McCree belonged to.

When Genji was in Blackwatch, he sported a much different look, baring a bit more skin than he does in his default outfit — and fans hope this look will be one of Genji's new skins in the upcoming event.

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One fan on Reddit went so far as to allege they'd found "proof" that it was going to be a new skin. Their evidence? That in the background of one of the comic's panels, you can see what appears to be Genji in the Blackwatch outfit, standing in a "T-pose," a character stance game developers often use to view every part of a character as they're designing them.

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The theory goes that Blizzard just copied over their actual "T-pose" concept art for Genji's in-game Blackwatch character skin and used it in the background as a tease for fans. It's a bit thin — but hey, that's a sweet cyborg outfit, right? So fans are grabbing on to whatever evidence they can find.

To be fair, Blizzard does have a habit of teasing skins and updates way ahead of time in cryptic corners of comics and things like that — so, Blackwatch Genji very well might be a thing.

We'll know for sure once Blizzard officially unveils the new Omnic crisis event on April 11.

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