Blizzard Apologizes for “Cool Meter” Being “Off” Following Overwatch’s Mei Skin Complaints
Overwatch‘s Mei recently received a Legendary skin during the Winter Wonderland event and, let’s just say, fans didn’t like it…at all. Blizzard’s forums were littered with complaints about what they consider a lackluster skin (pictured above), prompting Game Director Jeff Kaplan to respond and apologize for the developer’s “cool meter” being “off.” He wrote:
Sorry you are disappointed with Mei’s winter skin. We don’t have a specific rule for what makes something Legendary or Epic. We just sort of make a gut call based off of what we think is cool. Coolness is very subjective, and based off of the community reaction it seems like our gauge was off on this one. Our reasoning for it being Legendary was that we completely redid the visual effects for Cryo-Freeze (we turned the ice block into a snowman). We thought that was pretty special and we had done it specifically based on community suggestions from months ago when people were speculating that we might have a winter event. Apparently, lots of people don’t agree with us and that’s ok. It’s all good feedback and we’re learning something for future events.
Apologies that our “cool meter” was off from yours on this one. We’ll try to align better on future content.
Players were concerned that Mei won’t get another Legendary for a long time but Kaplan reassured them that Blizzard will have “something pretty awesome” for her early next year, so you needn’t worry!