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Overwatch • May 15, 2019

Epic fan-made trailer shows why Overwatch needs a movie

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Epic fan-made trailer shows why Overwatch needs a movie
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An Overwatch fan has created an epic, Baby Driver-style trailer that looks like it could be for a real Overwatch film.

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Fans of Overwatch have expressed their own creativity and love for the game in a variety of ways, from cosplay and fan art to concept ideas for new heroes, but u/Chaotic_Geek has created a trailer for the game that wouldn’t look out of place as a real advert.

Using clips from the various animated shorts that Blizzard has produced, the fast-paced and humorous trailer has left many fans clamoring for a full Overwatch movie to match.

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The trailer is inspired by the “TeKillYah” trailer for 2017’s Oscar-nominated film Baby Driver, about a young getaway driver looking to escape his criminal life. u/Chaotic_Geek takes several cues from the trailer, using similar pacing as well as the same song, a remixed version of “Tequila” by Button Down Brass.

For comparison, the original Baby Driver trailer can be seen below:

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Will there ever be an Overwatch movie?

Since the release of Overwatch, fans have been crying out for more story-based content, and this trailer is just another reminder for many that there would be plenty of room to explore the world of Overwatch through a film or TV series.

As enormously popular as the animated shorts have been, they arrive infrequently and for many only serve to raise more questions about the world behind the game.

These days, film or TV adaptations of video games are far from unheard of, although many attempts to transfer games into other entertainment mediums have fallen a little flat. Both Assassins Creed and Blizzard’s own Warcraft offer examples of game-inspired films that underwhelmed both critically and at the box office.

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The Overwatch animated shorts have proven immensely popular with fans.

More recently, Detective Pikachu achieved a record-breaking opening weekend for a video game-inspired movie, and while that might sound a little like backhanded praise considering much of its competition, it was also the first film to knock Avengers: Endgame off of the top spot.

The success of Detective Pikachu would seem to suggest that video game films can in fact be done well – although the largely negative response to trailers for the upcoming Sonic movie serve as a reminder that many such adaptations don’t pull it off.

Whether Blizzard ever invest in something as ambitious as a feature film remains to be seen, but there certainly seems to be an appetite for more story-based content from the Overwatch universe.