Overwatch has captured its community’s imagination with its colourful characters, but their stories have been kept pretty vague. There’s not a lot of lore in the Overwatch universe except some short animations and tiny entries that give some context to the characters. Blizzard has a huge opportunity to create more expansive and involved stories for its characters who are already dripping with personality.
Blizzard first planned to do a graphic novel called First Strike that highlighted a lot of Overwatch‘s lore, but they have now decided to go in a different direction. Michael Chu, lead writer at Blizzard, had the following to say:
[quote]We have decided to cancel the release of the Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel. While we are grateful to the team for the fantastic work they put into it, we’ve ultimately decided to take the story in a different direction.
The original idea for the graphic novel dates back to the early days of the game’s development and came from our desire to tell the story of the founding of Overwatch during the Omnic Crisis. In the years since First Strike’s conception, we have done a lot of development on the universe and its stories. While the core of this story remains, we have changed and expanded upon how we see the events that took place during the first days of Overwatch
Despite the evolution of the story since the game’s development, fans can still expect to see the characters’ origins stories eventually.[/quote]
It’s unclear what avenue they will use instead, but for my money I think they are going to do more animations in the future since those are so popular.