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Gamescom 2017: Overwatch Puts the Spotlight on Mei in Harrowing New Short

Gamescom 2017: Overwatch Puts the Spotlight on Mei in Harrowing New Short

This week is Gamescom at Cologne, Germany. It’s “the leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture” gamers can get an up-close and personal look at upcoming video games from international companies. Unlike E3, Gamescom gives us deeper looks into some of our most anticipated games; we get more game-ready demos than announcements. It’s also a place in which major studios like Blizzard can premiere a new animated short for their team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter, Overwatch.

Blizzard premiered “Rise and Shine” this week, their seventh short film for Overwatch. It gives us a deeper look at Mei, a character who uses an ice gun to battle her opponents. And…damn. This one really kicks you in the feels. You can watch the video below.

In 10-minute-long short, Mei wakes up nine years after being cryogenically frozen to find that Overwatch has been disbanded, the world is very different than the one she knows, and that she is the last surviving scientist at Ecopoint: Antarctica. With limited resources and time, Mei must use science to figure out a way to get help.

“Rise and Shine” joins a roster of other short films that have been released since Overwatch first launched — “Recall,” “Alive,” “Dragons,” “Hero,” “Infiltration,” and “The Last Bastion.”

Junkertown: The Plan” also debuted this week, featuring Junkrat and Roadhog.

Blizzard also released a new Hearthstone short. For as beautiful, deep, and well-received as the shorts are (especially when storytelling is involved), you have to wonder why they have yet to take that plunge and try their hand at full-length animated films. They may actually have what it takes to compete against Pixar and Dreamworks and succeed where others have failed. Maybe someday.

While we’re on the subject of storytelling, can we seriously get some single-player story modes, Overwatch? For Pete’s sake, we know you can do it.

Source: The Verge

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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