The latest Overwatch Animated Short features D.Va as she attempts to defend her home from Omnic attacks.
D.Va’s short, titled “Shooting Star”, debuted at the Overwatch Fan Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and sees the esports professional turned MEKA pilot bearing the weight of defending her home city of Busan from Omnic invasion.
D.Va is the tenth hero to star as the primary focus of an Overwatch Animated Short, each of which has offered a deeper look into the story and character of one – or in the case of the Shimada brothers, two – of the game’s heroes.
The video also explores D.Va’s reputation as a South Korean national hero, highlighting the difference between the superstar portrayed by the media and the girl who feels responsible for protecting everything she cares about.
When another Omnic attack comes sooner than expected, D.Va dives into action alone, struggling to take them all down before they can reach the city and ultimately sacrificing her mech – and risking her own life – to defeat them.
Fortunately, D.Va survives the encounter, albeit with some scars to show for it, and immediately gets to work rebuilding in preparation for her next battle.
Along with the Animated Short, Blizzard also unveiled a new Busan Control map, which features D.Va’s base as one of the control points.
Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying.
Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.
Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.
Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.
Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.
A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.
The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.
One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.
One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.
So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.
We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.