In August, Blizzard announced that it would change its name to Overwatch Gunner Jesse McCray as part of its efforts to eliminate references to real characters in the game, especially developers involved in Activision Blizzard’s widespread discrimination and harassment allegations. In order to adapt to the planned changes, it also postponed the new Overwatch narrative arc originally scheduled to be launched in September.
McCree received his new name, Col Cassidy, in October, and today the narrative arc has begun, starting with a new digital comic written by Ray Fox and illustrated by Irene Cole, titled Overwatch: New Blood.
Despite the title, “Overwatch: New Blood” starts with old blood: Cole Cassidy rode his space helicopter on Route 66, recalling the long and difficult years behind him. But he still has something unfinished-in Egypt! After tracking down the Overwatch veteran Anna, the two drank together and discussed future plans, which of course eventually turned into a battle, followed by Cole’s major decision.
The comic ends with the appearance of Anna’s daughter Farah. He seems to be somewhat contradictory about his existence, and his new name (or old name) is not specifically mentioned anywhere. But this is only the first of five questions, and I have no doubt that as the progress progresses, the narrative will expand to solve all of these problems.
Digital comics are not the only new thing happening in Overwatch today. Cole Cassidy’s New Blood Challenge is also being played in the game itself, providing a new player icon, spray and epic Sandstorm Cassidy skin for winning games in fast games, competitions or arcades. From now until November 23, watch Twitch anchors play “Overwatch” and get up to 3 sprays-one spray can accumulate two hours of viewing time, the other two sprays can accumulate four hours, and the other three sprays can accumulate Cumulative total viewing time of four hours.
For complete details about the New Blood Challenge, including a list of partner Twitch anchors, please visit Overwatch.