Blizzard has confirmed that it has cancelled the Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel which was planned to tell the story of the founding of Overwatch during the Omnic Crisis.
In a post on Battle.net, lead writer Michael Chu explained that they had decided to “take the story in a different direction.”
The original idea for the graphic novel dates back to the early days of the game’s development and came from our desire to tell the story of the founding of Overwatch during the Omnic Crisis. In the years since First Strike’s conception, we have done a lot of development on the universe and its stories. While the core of this story remains, we have changed and expanded upon how we see the events that took place during the first days of Overwatch.
So for now the early adventures of Gabriel Reyes, Jack Morrison, Ana Amari, Reinhardt Wilhelm, Torbjörn Lindholm (and more!) wait for another day. But we know that this is a story that you are excited about, and it’s one we still plan to tell.
Perhaps Blizzard will tell the story of Overwatch: First Strike through their excellent animated shorts instead. Whatever they decide, we’ll need to wait to see the formation of Overwatch and what occurred before the game.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.