Overwatch players can now get a more complete view of the MEKA mechs on Busan thanks to the new replay system.
MEKA, which is an acronym for the Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army, is a combat unit that primarily focuses on the use of mechs to fend off attacking omnics, as seen in the “Shooting Star” animated short that focused on D.Va’s defense of Busan.
D.Va is of course the best-known MEKA pilot, but she’s not the only one. There are four other known MEKA pilots – Casino, D.Mon, King, and Overlord – and although little is known about them, their mechs do actually appear in-game.
Part of the Busan in-game map is the MEKA base seen in Shooting Star, and while the animated short itself focused entirely on D.Va, the map features a room in which the other mechs can be seen in containment areas.
Now, thanks to the new Replay feature giving players access to a free-moving camera perspective, it’s possible to get a full 360-degree view of the other mechs.
Unfortunately for fans who want greater details about these mechs and their pilots, it seems unlikely that many will be given any time soon. Blizzard have previously stated that they are unlikely to use the other pilots as heroes, at least not until the game’s selection of heroes has grown significantly, as they would be too similar conceptually – as “the South Korean MEKA pilot” – to D.Va herself.
Given that Blizzard attempt to keep each of their heroes unique enough to be easily distinct, it seems that the other MEKA pilots are ruled out as playable characters for now, meaning their stories are unlikely to be explored in much depth.
The new Overwatch Replays system gives players the ability to watch back their last 10 games with a range of observer features, such as letting them choose between player perspectives and a free camera, as well as adjusting playback speeds.
The Replay system has been in testing on the Public Test Realm (PTR) since May 23, and Blizzard have not announced how long players can expect to wait before it moves to the live servers.