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New Overwatch animated short is all about the villains

Arachnid-obsessed assassins are bad for the health of world leaders.


Dennis Scimeca


Posted on Apr 4, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 12:06 am CDT

A new animated short from Blizzard Entertainment is so good that it could give Pixar a run for its money.

In the second of four animated shorts promoting Overwatch, Blizzard’s upcoming team-based, competitive first-person shooter, the evil assassin Widowmaker plots to kill a beloved icon in front of a crowd of fans, and it’s up to Overwatch hero Tracer to stop Widowmaker.

Overwatch features a cavalcade of super heroes and villains, all of whom are drawn with Blizzard’s characteristic flair for imagination and detail. They’re not just playing pieces for players to choose from, they’re all characters in their own right, and Blizzard’s animated shorts are helping us get to know them.

The first Overwatch short, Recall, featured an ensemble cast. Alive is all about Tracer and Widowmaker as they battle over London’s rooftops.

Overwatch will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 24.

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2016, 12:22 pm CDT