More animated Overwatch shorts are on the way, according to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan. At an event in New York City, Kaplan told Polygon that they think of the shorts as existing within “seasons.” The first season to have ended with the Bastion-focused short, “The Last Bastion,” which was released back in August of last year. (The Sombra-centric short “Infiltration,” revealed at BlizzCon in November to introduce her character, was a one-off.)
Of course, animated shorts take a long time. In the ramp up to release last year, Blizzard released animated shorts semi-regularly to introduce the heroes of the game, and continued post-launch as well. “The animated shorts are probably the thing that we have the most fun making,” Kaplan said at the press event. “We really love working with our animation group and digging out the stories not tied to any constraints of gameplay—we can tell any stories we want.”
Next week is the one-year anniversary of Overwatch. Fittingly, Blizzard’s hosting an in-game event celebrating the birthday, kicking off on May 23rd, loot galore in tow. Plus, the event will be introducing three new arena maps.
In past animated shorts, the spotlight’s been on Bastion, Sombra, Soldier: 76, Tracer, Widowmaker, Reaper, Hanzo, Genji, and Winston. For future shorts, it’d be pleasant to see other heroes slide into the spotlight. While there's no scheduled release for when "season two" for Overwatch shorts will begin, Kaplan assured Polygon that they are "making good progress." In the meantime, I’ll quietly wish for a Lucio and D.Va focused animated short, please and thank you.