Gaming Overwatch

New D.Va-centric Map and Animated Short

This past week, Blizzard not only gave us a new animated short, but it also released a new map on the PTR. It’s a great week for Overwatch players, and D.Va fans in particular.

The animated short is just seven minutes long and gives us a look at just how good D.Va is at defending her hometown of Busan from the sea-dwelling omnic threat. The basic plot is that an automated omnic factory, called an Omnium, resides underwater in the East China Sea. Following the Omnic Crisis, in which the factories gained sentience and began attacking humanity, it begann learning from each conflict and re-configuring itself to try and wipe out the South Korean city of Busan.

The plot of the short is that instead of waiting a month until its next attack, it sends out some drones only a week after its previous attack to try and surprise the MEKA team. Seeing as all four of D.Va’s teammates are unavailable, still recuperating after they went down during the last attack, D.Va rushes out on her own to try and stop them. It’s a fantastic display of firepower from our favorite pro-gamer, as well as an exhibition of her in-game abilities in a more cinematic setting.

As for the map, it is unsurprisingly the city of Busan. According to the trailer for the map, the teams must battle for control of the Sanctuary, Downtown, and the MEKA Base. The Sanctuary is a serene locale “surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture.” The Downtown area is a “bustling metropolis […] where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train).” Finally, the MEKA base is the home of D.Va and her teammates, as well as beleaguered mechanic Dae-hyun, who we are introduced to in the animated short.

I don’t play on the PTR, so I won’t give an intensive review until it releases fully. For those who do play on the PTR, try switching to Reindhart and pressing F at the karaoke mic. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

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