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All of the Overwatch lore revealed by new story “Bastet”

Published: 8/Jan/2019 16:13 Updated: 8/Jan/2019 16:32

by Joe O'Brien

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The latest expansion to Overwatch lore comes in the form of “Bastet”, a new short story that also acts as a back-story to Ana’s newest in-game skin.

“Bastet” picks up immediately after the “Old Soldiers” comic, with Ana and Soldier: 76 in Cairo, having just survived an encounter with Reaper – formerly known as Blackwatch agent Gabriel Reyes – and realizing for the first time that each of them is in fact still alive.

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As well as the main story-line, which sees Ana and Soldier: 76 clean up criminal boss Hakim’s network before setting out together to take on Talon, the story also offered a variety of other additions to the lore.

Here’s a look at all the details you may have missed and what they reveal about an Overwatch world still very much shrouded in mystery.

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Soldier: 76’s sexuality

The detail that has dominated headlines is of course that Jack Morrison, a.k.a Soldier: 76, is gay. In the story, Soldier: 76 and Ana discuss Vincent, who the former has a photo of. Though not explicitly stated, their conversation implies that Vincent and Jack Morrison were in a relationship prior to Morrison leaving to fight the war.

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu, who authored the story, also confirmed on Twitter that Vincent and Jack Morisson were in a romantic relationship.


The consequences of Overwatch’s actions

“Bastet” also highlights the impact that Overwatch had on Egypt, which is described as “still recovering a decade after Overwatch’s intervention.”

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Ana contemplates the state of her home country, which is crime-ridden and falling into ruin in the aftermath of Overwatch shutting down Anubis, a God program that was quarantined after its part in the Omnic crisis.

This is the first time that the official narrative has really delved into the ramifications of Overwatch’s activities, which – even where necessary and carried out with only good intentions, rather than rogue actors like Reaper – aren’t necessarily a magic solution to all of the world’s problems, and can bring issues of their own.

Blizzard EntertainmentBefore donning the mask of vigilante Soldier: 76, Jack Morrison was the Strike-Commander of Overwatch.


Super-soldier healing and Reaper’s necrotic shotguns

Anyone following Overwatch’s lore at all will be aware that before they were Overwatch agents, Jack Morrison and Gabriel Reyes took part in a super-soldier program that gave them enhanced abilities.

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It’s not hard to imagine the generic super-soldier traits that the pair likely have as a result, but “Bastet” did confirm that Jack Morrison has much-improved resilience and natural self-healing, with bullet wounds that “should have killed him” beginning to heal mere moments after being inflicted.

The wounds in this particular case were a lot more difficult to regenerate from, however, thanks to another revelation – Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns don’t just fire regular bullets. Though in-game Reaper has no damage-over-time effect from his shots, it seems in the lore his bullets apply some sort of necrotic effect.

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Ana’s missing memories

The “Legacy” comic explores the fateful mission during which Ana encountered Widowmaker for the first time, only to realize that she was in fact Amélie, the wife of Overwatch commander Gérard Lacroix, who was not dead but rather brainwashed and turned into an assassin for Talon. Ana’s hesitation in that moment results in the injury that leaves her missing, presumed dead.

“Bastet” reveals a little about the aftermath of that mission. Ana was apparently taken to a hospital in Poland, where she awoke with no memory. She eventually pieced together who she was and what happened, but she’s still not entirely sure “how much of it is real and how much I’ve filled in the blanks myself.”

Blizzard EntertianmentBlackwatch commander Gabriel Reyes eventually becomes feared villain Reaper.


The Prague mission

Though only mentioned in passing, “Bastet” does reference an Overwatch mission in Prague that Soldier: 76, Ana, and Reinhardt were involved in. Soldier: 76 is reminded of the mission as he and Ana are hiding from Cairo police, and Ana comments on how Prague was Soldier’s fault for bringing Reinhardt on what was supposed to be a stealth mission.

It’s a small detail, but Blizzard loves to leave little hints that are later explored in much more detail. It’s not impossible that the Prague mission could appear as a playable scenario as part of a future Overwatch: Archives event, perhaps.


Reaper’s family

Another minor tidbit, “Bastet” also makes reference to the family of Gabriel Reyes – now international terrorist and Talon agent Reaper.

This isn’t the first reference to Reaper’s family, as he can be seen in the “Reflections” Christmas comic spying on a couple with a young child. Absolute confirmation that he had a family during his time with Overwatch seems to clarify that this is who he’s watching, although it seems his former partner has moved on, and it’s unclear if the child is his.

The story also makes further reference to Ana’s family, and specifically her husband Sam. That Ana is Pharah’s mother is well-known, but her relationship with Sam hasn’t been explored much. Ana reveals that she no longer wears her wedding ring and doesn’t tell Sam that she’s alive, perhaps hinting that the pair were separated even before she “died”.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.