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Cinematics are videos created by Blizzard Entertainment to promote the Overwatch franchise. Each focuses on a different hero and map.

Trailers[ | ]

These cinematics come with the announcement of each Overwatch game: Overwatch and Overwatch 2.

Game Trailer Featured hero(es) Featured map(s) Release Date
Overwatch Cinematic Trailer Icon-Tracer Tracer, Icon-Winston Winston, Icon-Reaper Reaper, Icon-Widowmaker Widowmaker None 07 November 2014
Overwatch We Are Overwatch Icon-Pharah Pharah, Icon-Reinhardt Reinhardt, Icon-D.Va D.Va, Icon-Soldier: 76 Soldier: 76, Icon-Mercy Mercy, Icon-Tracer Tracer, Icon-Genji Genji, Icon-Winston Winston United Kingdom King's Row, Russia Volskaya Industries, Mexico Dorado, Numbani Numbani, Japan Hanamura, Overwatch base Watchpoint: Gibraltar 18 December 2015
Overwatch Are You With Us? Icon-Winston Winston Overwatch base Watchpoint: Gibraltar 02 May 2016
Overwatch 2 Zero Hour Icon-Winston Winston, Icon-Mei Mei, Icon-Tracer Tracer, Icon-Genji Genji, Icon-Reinhardt Reinhardt, Icon-Brigitte Brigitte, Icon-Echo Echo, Icon-Mercy Mercy France Paris 01 November 2019

Animated shorts[ | ]

Animated shorts are 6 to 10 minute long videos that expand upon the lore of Overwatch. Before the launch of the game, a four-part animated series was steadily released consisting of Recall, Alive, Dragons, and Hero. After the game's launch, two animated shorts are featured each year during Gamescom in August and BlizzCon in November. In 2019, no animated shorts were released and the Overwatch 2 announcement cinematic was shown instead.

No. Game Animated short Featured hero(es) Featured map(s) Release Date
1 Overwatch Recall Icon-winston Winston, Icon-Reaper Reaper Overwatch base Watchpoint: Gibraltar, The Moon Horizon Lunar Colony (flashback) 23 March 2016
2 Overwatch Alive Icon-widowmaker Widowmaker, Icon-Tracer Tracer United Kingdom King's Row 05 April 2016
3 Overwatch Dragons Icon-hanzo Hanzo, Icon-Genji Genji Japan Hanamura 16 May 2016
4 Overwatch Hero Icon-soldier: 76 Soldier: 76 Mexico Dorado 22 May 2016
5 Overwatch The Last Bastion Icon-bastion Bastion Germany Eichenwalde 18 August 2016
6 Overwatch Infiltration Icon-sombra Sombra, Icon-Reaper Reaper, Icon-Widowmaker Widowmaker, Icon-Zarya Zarya Russia Volskaya Industries 04 November 2016
7 Overwatch Rise and Shine Icon-mei Mei Overwatch base Ecopoint: Antarctica 23 August 2017
8 Overwatch Honor and Glory Icon-reinhardt Reinhardt, Icon-Brigitte Brigitte Germany Eichenwalde 03 November 2017
9 Overwatch Shooting Star Icon-d.va D.Va South Korea Busan 22 August 2018
10 Overwatch Reunion Icon-cassidy Cassidy, Icon-Ashe Ashe, Icon-Echo Echo USA Route 66 02 November 2018
11 Overwatch 2 The Wastelander Icon-junker queen Junker Queen, Icon-Junkrat Junkrat, Icon-Roadhog Roadhog Australia Junkertown 17 June 2022
12 Overwatch 2 Kiriko Icon-kiriko Kiriko Japan Kanezaka 07 October 2022
13 Overwatch 2 Calling Icon-sojourn Sojourn Canada Toronto 04 August 2023
14 Overwatch 2 A Great Day Icon-mauga Mauga, Icon-Reaper Reaper, Icon-Sombra Sombra Command carrier 02 December 2023


Main article: GENESIS

GENESIS is an animated Overwatch mini-series, released in the leadup to Overwatch 2: Invasion.

Game Image Mini-series
Anime short
Featured hero(es)
Featured map(s) Release Date
Overwatch 2 GENESIS Part One- Dawn GENESIS Part One: Dawn Icon-Reinhardt Reinhardt (cameo) N/A 06 July 2023
Overwatch 2 GENESIS Part Two- Innocence GENESIS Part Two: Innocence Icon-Soldier 76 Soldier 76, Icon-Reaper Reaper, Icon-Reinhardt Reinhardt,Icon-Ana Ana, Icon-Torbjörn Torbjörn 13 July 2023
Overwatch 2 GENESIS Part Three- Rebirth GENESIS Part Three: Rebirth Icon-Soldier 76 Soldier 76, Icon-Reinhardt Reinhardt,Icon-Ana Ana 20 July 2023

Other cinematics[ | ]

These cinematics are not listed among the animated shorts.

Cinematic Featured hero(es) Featured map(s) Release Date
Junkertown: The Plan Icon-Junkrat Junkrat, Icon-Roadhog Roadhog Australia Junkertown 21 August 2017

In-game cinematics[ | ]

The Overwatch Archives missions Retribution and Storm Rising have in-game cinematics as cutscenes. Overwatch 2 will also feature cinematics in its PvE game modes.