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The Secret Goal of Overwatch's Animated Shorts

The Secret Goal of Overwatch's Animated Shorts
From IGN - November 5, 2017
By Joshua Yehl

A new Overwatch animated short debuted at BlizzCon 2017, showing the tragic tale of why Reinhardt joined the team. If you were feeling strong emotions by the time it ended, thats by design, according to Lydia Bottegoni, SVP of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard.

We always say our job is to make people feel something. Feel heroic or feel sad or feel triumphant. That's our overall mission, to make you feel something, and the bigger the emotion, the easier it is to get people there, Bottegoni said.

It's not uncommon to read comments comparing the emotional impact of an Overwatch animated short to a Pixar or DreamWorks movie. And just like those movies often earn big ticket sales, the desired effect is for gamers to get emotionally invested in a character so they will be pumped to play the game and buy the latest content.

If you havent already, give Honor and Glory a watch before continuing because were going to dive into a few of the plot details.

The story is told as a flashback to Reinhardts younger days when he was brash and cocky, ultimately showing how he learned to put his team before himself. The lesson came at a steep price as we see his mentor Balderich hold the line against an Omnic attack so Reinhardt and the rest of the squad could survive.

I think a lot of it with Reinhardt was setting up where the idea of loyalty and that passing of the torch and how those themes that play out in Reinhardt, where they came from. And the idea of 'live with honor, die with glory,' the big statement of loyalty and allegiance to your team and what he went through, Bottegoni explained.

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