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Mei is stunned, unable to believe that Overwatch didn't rescue them. After she stores the data on a USB stick, Snowball pulls up relevant news stories from the news they received over the years before communications went down. She learns that not only was the Ecopoint considered lost in the storm, but that Overwatch is gone-disbanded by the Petras Act. She realizes that her team hasn't woken up yet; with growing alarm she runs back to the cryo lab to check on them and is devastated to find that they are dead: their cryopods malfunctioned and they all died in their sleep. After falling into a seated position with Snowball in her arms and grieving for several hours, she looks at the USB stick in her hand and wonders aloud that with 9 years worth of research data she could save millions of lives. She makes a promise to her friends that she will bring their work to the world. Or rather, she'll try.
Mei soon realizes this will be easier said than done-the radio tower is broken, the snowcat is full of snow, the standby helicopter's main rotor has a snapped blade, and although she contemplates journeying into the Antarctic on foot she backs away. She states that she can't do it alone and
she wishes her friends were still there, before Snowball brings her a cup of tea. She thanks the robot as there is a small power fluctuation, and she decides to find out a way of extending the life of the station's power supply batteries. As she minimizes the cryopod status window, she finds the message. The signal is still weak but it is broadcasting on the Overwatch Emergency Frequency. She thinks this might be a rescue message but she has to climb and reinforce the radio tower to know for certain.
Coming up with a plan, she uses various parts found around the Ecopoint to make an improvised aerial and construct a prototype Endothermic Blaster over a period of around two days. Just after she successfully completes an endothermic reaction test but before she has finished making the blaster, the power dies completely; she realizes to her growing horror that in her excitement over the message, she had completely forgotten about saving power. There are no more batteries left either. Without power the station will eventually become an icy tomb, and neither can she finish the blaster: either way means death. As Mei tries to think of a way to restore power-just enough for her work station for a bit more time-Snowball recognizes that there is one source of power left: himself. Not knowing, or even caring about, whether he will be able to recharge ever again, he plugs into the room's charging port and completely drains his own batteries. Mei notices the power restoring, but her renewed hope quickly turns to shock when she sees why this is happening just as Snowball shuts down. Initially distraught by this, Mei realizes the importance of why Snowball had made his choice, and after emotionally thanking Snowball Mei finishes the prototype, now truly on her own.