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Overwatch devs fuel TV show rumors and have “years of lore planned”

Published: 31/Jul/2020 17:54 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s looking more and more likely that an Overwatch TV show is in the works thanks to comments made by Game Director Jeff Kaplan in a Reddit AMA on July 30.

There have been rumors of an Overwatch TV series for some time. The rumors intensified in February when Nick van Dyk, co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, updated his LinkedIn to state he “developed and sold an animated series based on Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise.” Additionally, he said that Diablo would be getting an anime-style adaptation on Netflix.

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Since then, we haven’t heard any additional info about the potential project, but now, remarks by Blizzard’s developers hint that the series and even more could be a go.

When asked about OW’s lore and how much the team wants to show the world, Kaplan had some encouraging words that should make any fan’s eyes sparkle with excitement.

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Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan at OWL media day
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Jeff Kaplan says Overwatch has “many years of lore planned.”

“We have many years of lore planned for the Overwatch universe,” he revealed. “There are so many aspects that we’re excited about – far reaching plot lines and individual character arcs. There are also a lot of heroes, places and world groups we want to tell more stories about. We’re also excited about telling stories in new ways and using new mediums.”

The line about “new mediums” is especially interesting as it implies that the Overwatch story is going to evolve in brand new ways separate from what has been used already with comics, cinematics, novels and short stories.

In another comment, the devs were asked about expanding into the world of film. Once more, Kaplan explained that they will be exploring the universe in a number of mediums, but had “nothing to announce at this time.”

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Overwatch's McCree and Echo on Route 66
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Overwatch’s animated shorts are extremely popular.

Furthermore, the Game Director discussed the lore’s development, saying the team was in a “really great place to move forward right now.”

“Over the past year, we were lucky enough to get Jeff Chamberlain to become our new Creative Director. Jeff was the director of our original announcement piece for Overwatch back in 2014,” he explained.

“We’ve also added some really amazing narrative designers and are partnering with our story and franchise development group (they make the animated shorts, origins movies, comics, statues etc) at an insanely intense level,” he added.

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There are many groups the Overwatch devs want to tell stories about.

In closing, he said there are cool lore developments coming, but didn’t elaborate on what they were.

As we know, Overwatch 2 will finally get the franchise’s lore moving with a campaign and story mode. However, the talk of “new mediums” several times during the AMA is possibly a sign that some big news is coming.

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We may still be awaiting confirmation that an OW TV show or movie are definitely happening, but it’s looking more likely than ever with the recent leaks and these comments by Kaplan himself.

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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.