This year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2017 (SDCC 2017) experienced a big presence from Blizzard Entertainment’s “Overwatch.” While the developer also featured other popular games from its library, it seemed like most attendees were interested to discover more updates about the team-based shooter. It was noted that the upcoming hero Doomfist generated a lot of interest from fans. He was recently available in the Public Test Region (PTR) for participants to try out and will be joining the roster later this week. There was also a panel entirely centered on how the character was created.

However, the subject eventually shifted to questions regarding Terry Crews not being the voice of the character.

A surprise for most fans of the game

Ever since the rumors started that Blizzard Entertainment is set to reveal Doomfist as the next hero to join the roster, Terry Crews came out to express his interest to voice the hero. Fans got excited when the actor was reported to have visited the developer’s campus and even met with the leading members of the dev team. What followed soon after were a couple of publicity attempts to tease fans about his involvement. The actor was wholeheartedly endorsed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He even shared a mock audition tape for the role, which was notably approved by a lot of “Overwatch” players.

However, to everyone’s surprise, the part was given to Sahr Ngaujah.

Blizzard explains why they chose a different actor

The San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel for the game saw a lot of fans calling for Terry Crews. Audience members were even caught shouting his name a couple of times during the Q & A session. It is understandable given that the player’s expectations were already conditioned to see the comedian bag the role.

Michael Chu from the development team took the time to explain the reason for their decision. First of all, he told the audience “we love Terry,” but explained that the team was “looking for something very specific given his role in the game and everything.”

A new character hinted at the future

During their SDCC 2017 Q & A panel for “Overwatch,” a couple of fans separately asked the developers about the possibility of a new healer hero.

The questions evidently caught Lead Designer Geoff Goodman by surprise. He pointed out that he “wasn’t expecting that” but eventually told the audience that “adding another hero would be awesome” instead. Fans continue to believe that Terry Crews might still have a role to play in the game, but with a different character. Doomfist is scheduled to officially become available for all platforms on July 27, 2017.