If you’ve played Overwatch (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you’ve probably noticed that the game features some great sound and visual effects. Well, there’s one sound effect in particular that stands out—I’m talking about the sound you hear when your shot makes contact. It’s very distinct, and it was made possible thanks to beer.
That’s right, the hit-sound is actually a beer can being opened! In the Overwatch Collector’s Edition Source Book (via Reddit), sound design supervisor Paul Lackey notes:
“Another extremely challenging sounds was the ‘hit-pip.’ When you hit someone, you need to know you made contact. The sounds needs to cut through the mix but not feel like it comes from any hero. It went through tons of iteration. Finally, one night I thought, ‘It should be satisfying to hit an enemy.’ Just thing about what’s satisfying: beer. So I literally opened a beer can. Pssht. The sound is reversed and tweaked a little, but that sound is our hit-pip.”
Apparently the beer was a Tecate—it’s important that you know that.
You can hear the hit-sound in the video below.