Overwatch is a game in which the story is told through external content. That and easter eggs hidden around maps. The only real exceptions, so far, are the Overwatch Archives seasonal events. At the moment, that includes last year’s Uprising and this year’s Retribution. In lieu of a campaign mode, fans instead wait for months on end for the next major installment in the franchise. Be that a comic, augmented reality game, or even an animated short. Over the years, Overwatch has cranked out several animated shorts, all of which are gorgeous and many delve into the deeper story of events past and present. These include things like the Mei animated short, Rise and Shine, which debuted at Gamescom last year. And, never one to break with tradition, Blizzard just released a new animated short, this time for fan-favorite character, D.Va.
Many fans wanted to know more about D.Va from the very beginning. She’s not associated with the organization of Overwatch in any way. Nor is she connected with any of the other central factions of the universe, such as Volskaya Industries, Helix, Talon, or the Vishkar Corporation (that we know of). We know that she’s a former professional gamer. And that her celebrity got her recruited to the Korean government’s MEKA Squad, where she pilots a large mech suit to combat omnics that rise from the sea near Busan. However, little else is known about D.Va. Her motivation, what she’s like outside of her persona, etcetera. She’s very much an enigma in that regard. So the new animated short is sure to fill some of those gaps for a number of players.
But more than that, Blizzard also unveiled a brand new Control Map at the event. And it’s none other than Busan, where D.Va lives and works. As with every map added to the game, there are bound to be a number of easter eggs lying around. Perhaps even teases of other characters to come. As stated, D.Va is ironically very much an outlier to the rest of the Overwatch world. She has no meaningful connections to any other character in the game. Only what seem to be superficial ones to characters such as Lucio and Zarya. So it isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Horizon Lunar Colony was added around a year ago, at this point, and came with hints of a new character even then. Fast forward to today and that hero has come in the form of Hammond.
Fans of the D.Va character are getting a major treat. The Overwatch team recently showed a lot of love to its Korean fanbase, in general. And with good reason. The game’s popularity in that region is exceptionally high. Many of the most well-known pro players come from there. So it makes sense that the game’s South Korean character gets some love. Now it’s on to Blizzcon, where the Overwatch team is likely to reveal the next new character, and possibly even a new short.
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