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This is a timeline for the events within the world of Overwatch, working backwards from the game's present day.

When Overwatch Takes Place[]

Overwatch takes place roughly sixty years in the future, likely somewhere around the year 2075.[1][2] Team 4 wanted a setting that would be far enough in the future to allow futuristic technology, but near enough that it would still have recognizable landmarks and cities, allowing players to connect to the world.[2]

The Omnic Crisis was one of the greatest threats to humanity's survival since the Cold War of the 20th century.[3]


Before Overwatch[]

61 years ago:

60 years ago:

57 years ago:

More than 50 years ago:

Between ~57 to 48 years ago:

48 years ago:

45 years ago:

40 years ago:

39 years ago:

38 years ago:

37 years ago:

35 years ago:

The Omnic Crisis[]

Between ~34 and 30 years ago:

Between ~34 and 30 years ago:

  • Overwatch was founded, enlisting Gabriel Reyes, Jack Morrison, Ana Amari, Reinhardt Wilhelm, Torbjörn Lindholm, and Liao.[7][story 1]

33 years ago:

32 years ago:

30 years ago:

Between 30 to 25 years ago:

After the Omnic Crisis[]

29 years ago:

28 years ago:

26 years ago:

25 years ago:

23 years ago:

Between 23 and 19 years ago:

20 or more years ago:

20 years ago:

Between 20 and 8 years ago:

19 years ago:

14 years ago:

Between 10 to 7 years ago:

  • Allegations against Overwatch are made.[3][14]

9 years ago:

More than 8 years ago:

  • After their father's death, Genji is nearly killed by Hanzo. He is rescued by and joins Overwatch.[13]
  • McCree is caught doing illegal activities with the Deadlock Gang and joins Overwatch, rather than spend his life in a maximum security prison.[13]
  • Moira joins Overwatch.[13]

8 years ago:

Between 8 and 7 years ago:

  • Blackwatch is suspended.[14]

Between 8 and ??? years ago:

Less than 8 years ago:

7 years ago:

  • An unnamed Overwatch official is murdered.[14]
  • Null Sector holds a hundred citizens captive in King's Row.[18]
  • Uprising takes place. Tracer goes on her first mission as an Overwatch agent.[18]

Between 7 and 6 years ago:

  • Ana is shot by Widowmaker and presumed dead.[story 2][19]
  • Doomfist is caught by Genji, Tracer, and Winston.[20]why?
  • McCree leaves Overwatch.
  • Genji leaves Overwatch.

6 years ago:

  • Jack Morrison and Gabriel Reyes are caught in the explosion at the Switzerland Overwatch headquarters, presumed dead.[3]

Between 6 and 5 years ago:


Less than 6 years ago:

  • Lúcio leads an uprising that drives Vishkar Corporation out of the Rio de Janeiro favelas.[17] Vishkar has not developed anywhere since.[22]

3 years ago:

1 or less years ago:

Current Day[]

The following sections are not necessarily in chronological order. Lists within sections are chronological to the best of the editors' knowledge.

Day that Overwatch is recalled (more than 1 month ago):

  • Full moon.
  • Before daybreak: Reaper attempts to hack Athena, and Winston recalls Overwatch agents.[24]
  • 5:05pm to 5:15pm GMT: Mondatta is assassinated by Widowmaker.[25][26] why?
  • LumériCo completes first of new power plants in Dorado.[24]
  • Winston films Are You With Us? and broadcasts it on the Overwatch emergency frequency.
  • Winston's message triggers Mei's cryostasis to end.[6]

After Overwatch's Reformation:

  • Mei saves a nest of endangered arctic wildlife from a collapsing glacier.[17]
  • On a full moon, and the anniversary of Hanzo and Genji's near-fatal fight, Genji confronts Hanzo.[27]

More than 1 month ago:

1 month ago:

Soldier: 76's attacks:

LumériCo scandal:

  • LumériCo plans to begin service in Dorado on November 1 and host an event to commemorate the completion of their network across Mexico.[33]
  • Roughly October 19 (or earlier):[29] Sombra leaks documents about LumériCo's CEO, Guillermo Portero. A protest is organized for November 1.[22] why?
  • November 1: LumériCo's grand opening of its Dorado plant is met with unprecedented protests and widespread civil unrest.[29]
  • November 2: Guillermo Portero temporarily steps down as CEO of LumériCo.[29]


  1. Morrison's age:
    Morrison joined the army when he was eighteen years old, and before long was put in the soldier enhancement program. Shortly after that, the Omnic Crisis started. Morrison was one of the founding members of Overwatch over thirty years ago. Thus, Morrison must be at bare minimum 49 (18 + time between joining and Crisis starting + time between Crisis starting and formation of Overwatch + 31).
    • "At eighteen, Morrison packed his bags and joined the military. [...] Before long, he earned a coveted position in the government's controversial and still-classified (but widely acknowledged) "soldier enhancement program." [...] Morrison and his fellow augmented soldiers would soon put their abilities to use with the advent of the Omnic Crisis." Fading Glory: On the Trail of Jack Morrison
    • "Over thirty years ago, Overwatch was founded to counter the threat of the robot uprisings around the world." Reinhardt's story

  2. 2.0 2.1 Global stability and the end of the Omnic Crisis:
    Bastion participated in the Omnic Crisis, meaning it have ended sometime after Bastion's manufacturing 30 years ago. After the Omnic Crisis came to an end, Overwatch made global stability their mission for "decades" -- which must have started at least 25 years ago, when accounting for Overwatch's shutdown.


General References:

  1. 2016-08-17, "The game takes place around 60 years in the future. The Omnic Crisis was about 25 years before that. (Give or take a few years.)" Michael Chu, Overwatch Forums.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2014-10-07, BlizzCon 2014 - Overwatch Unveiled Panel, Youtube.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 2015-07-06, Fading Glory: On the Trail of Jack Morrison, Olympia Shaw from Atlas News.
  4. 2016-11-11, "Mei's age on the website (31) is her apparent/biological age, not chronological. It does not include the amount of time she spent in cryostasis." Michael Chu, Overwatch Forums.
  5. 5.0 5.1 2016-11-07, "Bundle up for a journey to Ecopoint: Antarctica, the former Overwatch installation where climatologist Mei-Ling Zhou was once stationed. While researching severe weather anomalies in the region, the station was hit by an intense polar storm. Running out of options and low on supplies, the team decided to cryogenically freeze themselves until the storm passed. They believed that it would only be for a few months, but Mei awoke nearly a decade later." Blizzard Entertainment.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Rise and Shine, animated short.
  7. 7.0 7.1 2016-05-02, Are You With Us? Youtube.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Zarya: Searching
  9. 9.0 9.1 2016-08-17, Confirmation that Mercy and Tracer age, and that Mercy was not an Overwatch member when she was 17, Michael Chu, Overwatch Forums.
  10. 2016-11-04, Sombra Origin Story, Youtube.
  11. 2017-02-02, "I'll let you draw your own conclusions, but the wording on Reaper's bio is intentional." Michael Chu, Twitter.
  12. 2016-07-21, "The photo was taken 20 years from when the game takes place," San Diego Comic-Con, Tumblr.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Retribution
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Tracer: Uprising
  15. 04/03/2018, [ARCHIVE Overwatch officials respond to attack on Oslo facility], Atlas News.
  16. 16.0 16.1 2018-04-10, Retribution Cinematics - Overwatch Archives Event, Youtube.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 2016-05-27, Overwatch is Back: Uncertainty and Hope After UN Confirms Vigilante Activity, Olympia Shaw from Atlas News.
  18. 18.0 18.1 2017-04-05, "In "Uprising," readers travel seven years into Overwatch's past, witnessing a flashpoint in the conflict between omnics and humans." Blizzard Entertainment.
  19. Ana: Legacy, digital comic.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 2017-07-06, Doomfist Origin Story, Youtube.
  21. 2016-01-31, "Overwatch was disbanded around five years ago." Michael Chu, Twitter.
  22. 22.0 22.1 2016-10-28, LumériCo Revelations: CEO Guillermo Portero Under Fire, Atlas News.
  23. 23.0 23.1 2015-10-30, D.Va’s Starcraft player profile, Battle.net.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Recall, animated short.
  25. Alive, animated short.
  26. [[1]] 2016-04-04, "in PT-BR the presenter says something like: "Renowned Omnic Spiritual Leader Mondatta will speak in London tonight"." Reddit.
  27. Dragons, animated short.
  28. Cinematic Trailer, animated short.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 2016-11-03, LUMÉRICO CEO STEPS DOWN, Atlas News.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Infiltration, animated short.
  31. 31.0 31.1 2015-06-30, Experimental Weapon Stolen from Watchpoint: Grand Mesa, Atlas News.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 2016-05-18, LumériCo Vision for Mexico Unveiled, but Threats to Safety and Security Remain, Atlas News.
  33. LumériCo News, lumerico.mx.

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