Back in November I said I was more excited about the upcoming Overwatch animated shorts than the actual online shooter. Now that the eight-minute short teased at Blizzcon is here, I stand by that statement. This is wonderful.

Valve did some amazing things with its Team Fortress 2 character movies, but this is on a whole other level. It’s easy to imagine this short, which tells the story of why super-smart gorilla Winston reactivates the outlawed Overwatch program, as the opening minutes of a feature-length animation.

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Keep an eye out for little easter eggs scattered throughout the short, like the Hearthstone screen on the computer display and those faces flying by towards the end.

The game’s still not my cup of tea, but I hope it does really well, so I can get more of this.

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