The Overwatch team, including lead writer Michael Chu, art director Arnold Tsang, sound designer Geoffrey Garnett, and principal game designer Geoff Goodman, will give fans a “behind-the-scenes” look at Wrecking Ball—better known as Hammond—during a panel called “Behind-the-Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero.” The panel is scheduled for a one-hour slot at 3:15pm PT at the San Diego Convention Center’s room 6BCF on the upper level.
Blizzard developers will talk about how they’ve come up with Hammond’s art and backstory, expanding on the information given during last week’s live stream. (During that stream, we learned that Junkrat’s concept art sparked the idea for Hammond’s design, among other things.)
The Overwatch crew will also host the next stop on the Overwatch Payload Tour at the Omni Hotel’s fourth floor grand ballroom from July 18 to 22. Blizzard has a bunch of Overwatch props on hand for fans to pose with on the Overwatch-map inspired stage. All fans that participate will get a free pin. A Grillmaster: 76 cosplayer will also hang around the stage and the San Diego Comic-Con show floor for photo opportunities, Blizzard said, just like the Sausage Man clutching a leek that appeared at Anime Expo in July.
San Diego Comic-Con exclusive merchandise will also be available at the Blizzard booth. Not everything’s been announced yet, but Blizzard said to expect a new Hammond shirt, Funko Pop! figures, and new exclusives.