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: and Overwatch .
Tracer, Winston, Reaper, Widowmaker
7 November 2014
We Are Overwatch
Pharah, Reinhardt, D.Va, Soldier: 76, Mercy, Tracer, Genji, Winston
King's Row, Volskaya Industries, Dorado, Numbani, Hanamura, Watchpoint: Gibraltar
18 December 2015
Are You With Us?
2 May 2016
Winston, Mei, Tracer, Genji, Reinhardt, Brigitte, Echo, Mercy
1 November 2019
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 , and Dragons . After the game's launch, two animated shorts are featured each year during Hero gamescom in August and BlizzCon in November. In 2019, no animated shorts were released and the Overwatch 2 announcement cinematic was shown instead.
Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Horizon Lunar Colony (flashback)
23 March 2016
5 April 2016
16 May 2016
22 May 2016
The Last Bastion
18 August 2016
Sombra, Reaper, Widowmaker, Zarya
4 November 2016
Rise and Shine
23 August 2017
Honor and Glory
3 November 2017
22 August 2018
McCree, Ashe, Echo
2 November 2018
These cinematics are not listed among the animated shorts.