The Overwatch Cinematic Trailer is an animated short shown at Blizzcon 2014. It was the first piece of Overwatch media released to the public.

In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world. This organization, known as Overwatch, ended the crisis and helped maintain peace for a generation, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery.

After many years, Overwatch's influence waned and it was eventually disbanded. Now in the wake of its dismantling, conflict is rising once again. Overwatch may be gone…but the world still needs heroes.

Video TranscriptEdit


[Open on a shot of Russian forces fighting Omnics near Moscow.]

Voiceover: Conflict.

[Switch to a shot of Rio de Janeiro being bombed by fighter jets, then to Australian ships firing at a large Omnic in the Sydney Harbor.]

Voiceover: As the world teetered on the brink of anarchy..

[Switch to a shot of punks fighting police in front of the Eiffel Tower.]

Voiceover: A new hope arose.

[Switch to a shot of Overwatch soldiers carrying an Overwatch flag, with Gabriel Reyes stood in front.]

Voiceover: An elite international task force..

[Switch to a shot of Overwatch agents firing at offscreen targets. Genji is in front, weilding his Dragonblade. Pharah is in the background, activate her Rocket Barrage]

Voiceover: ..charged with ending the war..

[Switch to a shot of Jack Morrison leading a child out of a ruined city.]

Voiceover: ..and restoring liberty to all nations.

[Switch to a shot of several heroes, including Tracer, Winston, Mercy, Torbjörn, Reinhardt, McCree, Genji, Zenyatta, Bastion, and Lúcio. Several unnamed characters also fill the crowd.]

Voiceover: Overwatch. Soldiers, scientists, adventurers, oddities.

[Switch to another shot of Overwatch agents fighting offscreen opponents. Tracer, Winston, Mercy, and Reinhardt can be seen.]

Voiceover: Guardians who secured global peace for a generation.

[Switch to a shot of Winston, McCree, Genji, Mercy, Torbjörn, Tracer, and Reinhardt, staring into the distance offscreen.]

Voiceover: Under its steadfast protection, the world recovered.

[Switch to a shot of a statue of Jack Morrison saluting.]

Voiceover: And today, though its watch has ended, its soaring ideals of freedom and equality will never be forgotten.

[Pan out to reveal the previous shots were displayed on a hologram screen at a museum. Brian and Timmy are watching the screen as it cuts to the Overwatch emblem.]

Timmy: That was so cool! In that one battle, they had Soundquake. Remember, he has, like, chest missiles.. [imitates missile sounds]

[The words "BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS" appears on the hologram screen]

[Cut to a wide shot of the museum, which is filled with the armors and weapons of various Overwatch agents]

Timmy: So which one's your favorite? Mine's Fusionator. No, no-no-no. Tracer.

[Cut back to Brian and Timmy, now far from the screen they were watching.]

Timmy: Yeah! Tracer! She's like, "Cheers, love. The cavalry's here!" [imitates the sounds of Tracer's Pulse Pistols]

[Cut to a brief shot of Tracer firing her Pulse Pistols, then back to Brian and Timmy. Brian sighs and walks away. Timmy pouts, but sees something that interests him.]

[Cut to Doomfist's gauntlet, suspended inside a glass box. Timmy runs up and puts his hands against the glass. The glass reacts to his hand and brings up a diagram.]

Timmy: That's Doomfist's gauntlet! Oh man, they said he could level a skyscraper!

[Timmy catches up with Brian, who is walks away from the gauntlet's exhibit.]

Timmy: And remember, he was out fighting and Winston beat him? And-and was like, "PRIMO PUNCH!"

[Cut to a brief shot of Winston swinging his fist, then back to Brian and Timmy.]

Brian: [sigh] That's only in the holovids. Everybody knows Overwatch got shut down. Half of them are just mercenaries now..

[Brian walks away. Timmy pretends to fire at Brian with arm cannons. The ground shakes. Timmy, assuming it was him, looks at his hands in disbelief; then the ground shakes again.]

[Brian looks up in time to see Winston and Widowmaker fall though the skylight. Widowmaker immediately gets up and grapples to a ledge above, and begins firing at Winston with her Widow's Kiss.]

[Winston jumps between the children and Widowmaker, blocking her bullets.]

Winston: Enjoying the exhibit? [continues to get shot, growls] Alright, playtime's over. Get to cover!

[Timmy stops in awe. Brian pulls him along]

Brian: Come on, move it!

[Winston begins to run at Widowmaker, but Reaper appears next to him and begins firing his Hellfire Shotguns, distracting Winston.]

[Widowmaker turns her scope towards Doomfist's gauntlet. The words "OBJECTIF IDENTIFÉ" appear next to it.]

Widowmaker: Heh. There you are.

[Tracer Blinks next to Widowmaker.]

Tracer: Psst. What're ya lookin at?

[Widowmaker jumps off the balcony, firing at Tracer. Tracer avoids the shots by blinking, and begins firing back with her Pulse Pistols. Winston continues to fight Reaper in the background as Brian and Timmy run to avoid fire.]

[Tracer gets behind cover, then blinks into Winston's hand and gets thrown at Widowmaker. Tracer then begins firing at both her and Reaper. Reaper pulls out a new pair of shotguns.]

Reaper: Die.

[Cut to a surveillance room, where a security guard is playing Hearthstone, oblivious to the combat.]

[Cut back to the fighting. Reaper sprays a cloud of smoke across the museum and performs Death Blossom. Tracer tries to run at him, but realizes she is out of Blink charges, and takes cover behind an exhibit. As her chrinal accelerator loses power, she realizes Brian and Timmy are behind the exhibit with her.]

Tracer: Uh.. Don't worry, loves. Cavalry's here.

[Timmy gasps and looks at Brian, dumbfounded.]

[Winston attempts to charge at Reaper, who Wraith Forms out of the way. Winston lands sideways on the ground, his glasses sliding away from him. Tracer watches from behind cover.]

Tracer: Come on, big guy... get up.

[Widowmaker breaks the glass case around Doomfist's gauntlet, and an alarm sounds. Brian and Timmy notice.]

Timmy: [gasps] Oh no!

[Reaper appears behind Winston, aiming his shotguns at him. He looks to his left and steps on Winston's glasses, breaking them. Winston enters a Primal Rage and punches Reaper.]

[Widowmaker, who was about to take the gauntlet, turns to fire at Winston. Tracer's chronal accelerator recharges, and she jumps back into battle.]

Tracer: Yeah!

[Brian puts his hand on Timmy's shoulder.]

Brian: Stay here.

[Tracer fires at Reaper as Winston jumps at him. Widowmaker fires at both, then turns back to find Doomfist's gauntlet is gone. The camera pans down to show Brian hiding behind the stand, clutching the gauntlet.]

[Winston manages to pin Reaper down, but he turns to his Wraith Form and leaves Winston's hands.]

[Widowmaker walks toward the other end of the stand slowly. Timmy leaves cover momentarily.]

Timmy: Watch out!

[Widowmaker turns toward Timmy.]

Brian: Hey!

[Brian punches Widowmaker in the face with the gauntlet, creating a large explosion that throws her though a few glass displays. Brian, too, is thrown back, and the gauntlet breaks and falls off his hand.]

[Widowmaker stands to fire at Brian, but Winston lands in front of her, and Tracer kicks her rifle out of her hand. She then catches it and fires at Widowmaker with it.]

[Widowmaker uses her grapple hook to escape through the hole in the skylight. Reaper grabs onto her, lobbing grenades down at the museum. Winston jumps after them, but Tracer stops and turns to the boys. Brian gives her the gauntlet, though it falls apart in his hands. Tracer smiles.]

Tracer: You know.. the world could always use more heroes.

[Tracer salutes the boys, returns the gauntlet to its now-broken stand, then blinks out the hole after the others. Brian stares at the ceiling, inspired.]

Timmy: YEAH! That was awesome!

[The hologram screen turns back on behind them, displaying the set of heroes from before. Cut to the Overwatch logo as triumphant music plays.]


Trivia Edit

  • There are several inconsistencies in the trailer, probably because this trailer had been made before the plot was finalized. Nonetheless the trailer was considered canonical to the plot.[1][2]
    • Lúcio, Zenyatta, Pharah and Bastion could not be agents of Overwatch as the trailer implied.
      • Lúcio only became hero after his successful conflict with Vishkar Corporation. There have been no confirmation for these characters to be agents of Overwatch as the trailer implied.
      • Zenyatta after the Omnic Crisis, had stayed in Shambali and left later to pursuit his own path.
      • Bastion was an enemies' unit, but was left behind after the Omnic Crisis, and since his reactivation, he has been wandered around the world.
      • Pharah, or some one similar as her, is in the trailer, but it's not possible since when she was ready to join Overwatch, the group had been disbanded.
  • The Cinematic Trailer appears to be after Recall in chronological order.[1]
  • All heroes present in the trailer have minor differences between the model used in the trailer vs the models used in-game and in future animated shorts. These differences are due to the models being created from scratch for the trailer before the game was complete. Some notable differences are minor bone structure changes in Tracer and Widowmaker, Winston's hair being scruffier than usual in the trailer, and Tracer's hairstyle being slightly altered.
    • In all shorts proceeding the trailer, the animation team would take in-game character models/maps, and enhance those to create their own highly detail assets that were completely authentic to those used in-game. These new models would go on to be the standard for all future Overwatch Shorts.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Overwatch is Back: Uncertainty and Hope After UN Confirms Vigilante Activity
  2. Reaper and Widowmaker's voice line and interaction when they are in the same team.
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