If you have not seen it already, Blizzard has just dropped the latest Overwatch kinematic card that eventually gives fans a deeper look in the game's growing universe. This time we will finally see more of the Korean MEKA hero, D.We aka Hana Song, and learn a lot more about her true personality. The seven-minute Overwatch helped us learn a little more about D.Va, and not to mention, the animation was drop-dead beautiful and entertaining to look at. But when it comes to it, Overwatch's Shooting Star becomes flat when it comes to building its lore in the way players have come to expect.
Shooting Star is far from being a bad kinematic card. It's actually a glorious look at D. Vaas core values and doing a great job of igniting a sense of heroism in the Overwatch character. We have finally learned that despite her cheerful face, she struggles with the Omnian war and thus carries stiff emotional luggage and mental trauma at a young age. Together with this, she also owes the burden of saving the city alone (seriously, what happens to the Korean government?) And refuses help from his friend. However, in the midst of an exhausting struggle, Hana teaches that she can not do everything alone and save herself with her partner to get a quick end to the quasi-omnian invasion.
Overall, the short pads are a decent amount of support for D.Va's lore, something she had so desperately needed for her entire retconning problem. After the StarCraft II debacle, Hana may at least be considered a selfless soldier who would do anything to keep the country safe, instead of just being known as a kind of bubbly gamer. It's all good and good, but a big problem that continues to enjoy Overwatch lore is that most of the last cards are flashbacks.
Last year we got new Overwatch cinemas for both Mei and Reinhardt, which was also fantastic and a great source for backstory for both characters. Having said that, it is important to emphasize that both cinemas are backstories and dive into plots we already know. Well, it's a great way to cut out your personalities and such, but it does nothing to actually move the plot in the future. Overwatch lore has been in stagnation since the Zarya comic, and it goes back to last year. Heck, even the last lore event, Archives, is a look back into what happened a few years ago, even before Gabriel Reyes took on the mantle as Reaper.
D.Va's animated card follows the same friend as its predecessors, looking back instead of moving things forward. These cinemas usually end up with an unpublished message indicating that these Overwatch characters will respond to Winston's call from Recall, but if we have to wait for everyone's backstory until they all meet, we'll probably wait for years before Something happens a lot. Production of Overwatch shorts has slowed significantly, and Blizzard seems to follow a trend of releasing two animations per year: one under Gamescom and another under BlizzCon in November.
Of course, there is a lot of work going on in creating an animated card since these things take up time. In addition, Blizzard can not focus all its resources on making cinemas when there are other urgent issues to look at, such as multiple heroes, maps, Overwatch League, bug fixes, and balance issues. Blizzard does not really need to trust these shorts to push Overwatch lore ahead though. If Blizzard really want to throw out everyone's backstory, there can be a way to do it on, through pages instead of screentime. The comics serve as a great way to tell more stories and keep the ball rolling when it comes to character development.
With overwatch cinemas so few and far between, these animated shorts could be reserved for more effective pieces in the Overwatch universe. Lucio and Symmetra have revealed some bad blood at a time, and Doomfist and Talon seem to plan another war.
With D. Va's original story to the end of the list, Blizzard hopes something new will be scheduled for the next movie. For all we know, there may probably be more padding for another character's story – Zenyatta has nothing to do with it. But for anything else they've planned, it's time to start turning the reels and revealing what's next in the store for the heroes and villains in Overwatch.