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


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 Tracer, Winston, Reaper, Widowmaker None 7 November 2014
Overwatch We Are Overwatch Pharah, Reinhardt, D.Va, Soldier: 76, Mercy, Tracer, Genji, 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? Winston Overwatch base Watchpoint: Gibraltar 2 May 2016
Overwatch 2 Zero Hour Winston, Mei, Tracer, Genji, Reinhardt, Brigitte, Echo, Mercy France Paris 1 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. Animated short Featured hero(es) Featured map(s) Release Date
1 Recall Icon-Winston.png Winston, Reaper Overwatch base Watchpoint: Gibraltar, The Moon Horizon Lunar Colony (flashback) 23 March 2016
2 Alive Icon-Widowmaker.png Widowmaker, Tracer United Kingdom King's Row 5 April 2016
3 Dragons Icon-Hanzo.png Hanzo, Genji Japan Hanamura 16 May 2016
4 Hero Icon-Soldier 76.png Soldier: 76 Mexico Dorado 22 May 2016
5 The Last Bastion Icon-Bastion.png Bastion Germany Eichenwalde 18 August 2016
6 Infiltration Icon-Sombra.png Sombra, Reaper, Widowmaker, Zarya Russia Volskaya Industries 4 November 2016
7 Rise and Shine Icon-Mei.png Mei Overwatch base Ecopoint: Antarctica 23 August 2017
8 Honor and Glory Icon-Reinhardt.png Reinhardt, Brigitte Germany Eichenwalde 3 November 2017
9 Shooting Star Icon-D.Va.png D.Va South Korea Busan 22 August 2018
10 Reunion Icon-cassidy.png Cassidy, Ashe, Echo USA Route 66 2 November 2018
11 The Wastelander Junker Queen, Junkrat, Roadhog Australia Junkertown 17 June 2022

Other cinematics[]

These cinematics are not listed among the animated shorts.

Cinematic Featured hero(es) Featured map(s) Release Date
Junkertown: The Plan Junkrat, 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.