StarCraft II's Next Announcer Is Overwatch's D.Va

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Time to raise your APM.

D.Va is coming to StarCraft II as an announcer. She’s the first from outside StarCraft lore, and she’ll be available to folks who attend BlizzCon. You can listen to a bunch of clips where she says things like, “Your base is under attack!” and “Your SCV has been interrupted, stupid Terran” right here. Some of them are a little bit dorky, but she’s a teenage video game nut, not the next Shakespeare. A little dorkiness is to be expected.


Overwatch and StarCraft II might not seem like obvious crossover fodder, but D.Va’s backstory is basically Evangelion with StarCraft eSports stars instead of neurotic children who represent The Inner Demons Of Psychology 101. Per D.Va’s profile on the official Overwatch website:

“As the omnic continued to adapt, it eventually disrupted MEKA’s drone-control networks, forcing the military to place pilots in the mechs. Scrambling to find suitable candidates, the government turned to the country’s professional gamers, who possessed the necessary reflexes and instincts to operate the mechs’ advanced weapons systems. Top stars were drafted, including reigning world champion Hana Song, also known as ‘D.Va.’ Famous for her elite skills, D.Va was a fierce competitor who played to win at all costs, and she had a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents.”


Now if they could just get her voice actress to start shoutcasting pro games in character. That is something I would watch.

Kotaku senior reporter. Beats: Twitch, streaming, PC gaming. Writing a book about streamers tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.

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Sorry, I can’t care until there is a Reinhardt or maybe a Mei announcer.

Alarak Q’s voice/personality’s personality is a tough one to beat, and D.Va isn’t anywhere near that to me even though I really like playing her.