Leaked Overwatch novel to expand on Orisa's lore - Dexerto

Leaked Overwatch novel to expand on Orisa’s lore

Published: 7/Oct/2019 7:33 Updated: 7/Oct/2019 11:40

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch fans might be getting a chance to dive deeper into the game’s story as an Amazon listing appears to have leaked an upcoming book based on Blizzard’s FPS.

A listing for “The Hero of Numbani”, a book about Orisa creator Efi Oladele, has appeared on Amazon’s US site. The book is described as “Overwatch, Book #1”, suggesting it could be the first in an upcoming series based on the game.

The book looks set to focus on Efi, the young genius who created Orisa, and the pair’s journey toward facing Doomfist, whose attack on Numbani prompted Efi to create the Omnic hero.

“While Doomfist sows discord between humans and omnics, Efi engineers an intelligent and compassionate robot, Orisa, named after the powerful spirits who guide her people. Orisa has a lot to learn before she’s ready to defeat Doomfist, but Efi has some learning to do, too, especially when it comes to building-and being-a hero. With Doomfist rallying his forces, and the military powerless to stop him, can Efi mold Orisa into the hero of Numbani before it’s too late?”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe book looks set to focus on the creation of Orisa by Efi Oladele.

The page currently states that the book is due to be published on May 5, 2020, although with no official announcement having been made by Blizzard it’s possible this is a placeholder date.

According to the listing, the book is to be published by Scholastic, who specialize in children’s books, and have also previously published novels based on video games such as the Halo: Battle Born series.

New story-based content is one of the most common requests by the Overwatch community. Many fans have had their interest captured by the characters and universe of Blizzard’s FPS, but exploration of the world has been quite limited.

Blizzard EntertainmentEfi is the young inventor who created Orisa.

Fans have largely had to rely on the comic series, which was discontinued after Retribution in April 2018, the animated shorts – which, incredible as they are, require a lot of work on Blizzard’s part and therefore appear infrequently – and the few instances of the Overwatch Archives event for lore hints.

A series of novels could be the source of a deeper look into universe that many Overwatch fans have been hoping for, although with Blizzard having yet to officially make an announcement regarding the book, nothing is completely confirmed just yet.


Overwatch Genji voice actor adds fuel to Overwatch 2 delay rumors

Published: 28/Jan/2021 3:42

by Brad Norton


Rumors of an Overwatch 2 delay could have some merit to them as Genji’s Korean voice actor Gaku Space has reportedly not even begun work on the highly anticipated sequel.

Overwatch 2 was revealed in 2019 and ever since, Blizzard has remained completely silent on the matter. No further information has come to light since the initial demonstration but that hasn’t stopped the community from speculating.

Recent reports have suggested that the game has been delayed internally, with a 2021 release no longer in the cards. New job listings also point towards the sequel being much further off than fans were expecting.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the voice behind Korea’s Genji has chimed in on the speculation. Despite being one of the first six revamped characters on display for Overwatch 2, the voice actor has allegedly “not started recording” new dialogue.

“Yeah I’m still working on Overwatch, but I haven’t heard anything about Overwatch 2,” the voice actor said in a January 26 interview according to translations from Reddit user ‘Evenstar6132.’

While this initial statement could have just been avoiding the topic, he soon followed up to confirm that he’s had “nothing” to do with Overwatch 2 up until now.  “What’s going on Blizzard? I’m not fired am I?”

A good amount of unused recordings from earlier sessions could be in the bank for the sequel. Though this would mean no fresh dialogue has been recorded for Genji in all manner of new situations.

Voice lines won’t be readily available for Genji interacting with new heroes, playing new modes, or visiting new locations. Let alone the lengthier sections from the upcoming campaign as well.

Without any of these lines in place, it reaffirms the speculation behind an Overwatch 2 delay. We could still be quite far off from the game’s full release. In fact, Naeri claims the title “will be released at the end of 2021” at the absolute earliest.

Blizzcon 2021 is set to kick off on February 19, with fans hoping to see new updates on Overwatch 2.

We’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store, but without voice recording finalized across multiple regions, it’s safe to assume a release date won’t be closeby.