Mei takes the spotlight in brilliant new Overwatch animated short

Matt Sayer 24 August 2017

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Explore Mei's origin story in this top-notch mini movie from the folks at Blizzard.

As promised last week, Blizzard has released a new animated short for its team-based shooter Overwatch. Titled Rise and Shine, the short puts the spotlight on climate scientist Mei, exploring how she came to join the Overwatch team after its initial disbandment.

After a disastrous storm forces Mei to enter cryostasis at her research facility in Antarctica, she awakens years later to a world without the protection of Overwatch. Worse, she's the only surviving member of her team at the Ecopoint: Antarctica research station. Harnessing the power of science, Mei has to figure out a way to contact the outside world.

Unsurprisingly, Rise and Shine is as brilliantly Disney-esque as the rest of Blizzard's animated shorts, with plenty of snappy humour and engaging storytelling to boot. Surely it's just a matter of time before the studio spins off its own film division, right? Overwatch is certainly earning it the money to do so, after all.

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