Overwatch took the world by storm back in 2016, introducing a relatively new experience in the world of hero-based first-person shooters with its diverse cast of over 20 playable characters. One of its Blizzard Entertainment's leading figures and creative people behind the game is Overwatch Lead Writer Michael Chu.
He spent the last twenty years of his career working on Blizzard's creations, prominently Overwatch's deep lore and even a number of its short fictions. Namely Tracer's “Reflections” and Ana's “Bastet” were the most controversial as they revealed the sexual preferences of two of the game's most prominent heroes, Tracer and Solder 76. Chu released an emotional and heartfelt farewell to all his colleagues, and expressed his excitement to continue spreading awareness on diversity and inclusivity in the world of video games.
Overwatch offered an opportunity to bring a more inclusive vision of earth to life: a future worth fighting for. Together, we worked, struggled, and shed tears to champion a universe that featured people from across the world, to bring to life the wondrous sights of earth’s past, present, and future, and to empower the contributions of creators and voices who would better represent the breadth of human experience. I believed that a game could show the power of diversity and that one kiss could change the world, if only a little.
In the meantime, Blizzard is currently working on Overwatch's sequel, which was originally revealed last year. The studio intends to bring new PvE co-operative multiplayer, alongside introducing a completely shared multiplayer universe between both games. For now, Overwatch 2 doesn't have any estimated release date.
Do you think Blizzard's powerful storytelling will continue once Overwatch 2 drops? Did you dislike any of Chu's creative choices? Let us know what you think and expect next from Michael Chu.