Zarya Invades Downtown Toronto to Promote Hero Diversity

Fans of Overwatch have noticed a larger-than-life mural of Zarya painted on the side of Los Calibris located in downtown Toronto.

The massive painting is a part of an effort from Blizzard to highlight the title’s ever-expanding roster of heroes. CGMagazine reached out to Blizzard for comment and was told that the Zarya composition was pulled from Nesskain’s Anniversary piece, which was commissioned by Blizzard to celebrate Overwatch‘s first year anniversary.

Blizzard felt that the stylized aesthetics of Nesskain’s piece was a perfect fit as an outdoor mural in the heart of the city. Zarya will be joining other iconic heroes featured in Overwatch in other pieces throughout North America in an effort to highlight the diversity and the notion of what being a hero is all about.

“This past year, our developers worked with Nesskain, a community artist, to create an image that would celebrate Overwatch’s ever-expanding roster of characters. The resulting painting was different from previous hero lineup illustrations, and took a highly stylized approach to create a dynamic composition. We thought this style lent itself well to outdoor painted murals,” said Dustin Blackwell, NA Public Relations Manager, Overwatch.

“This November, we’re placing unique characters from the Nesskain piece across cities all over North America, to invite players everywhere to “Join Us” in Overwatch and to remind them that heroes come in all shapes and sizes—and can come from anywhere. We’re excited you’ve found the Toronto mural!”


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