The Internet Reacts To Overwatch's Animated Short About D.Va

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After two years of waiting, Overwatch hero D.Va finally has her own animated short. While some people wish it gave a little more insight into her backstory, everyone can agree that D.Va is a selfless, precious angel who has never done anything wrong.

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Hana “D.Va” Song is an incredibly popular character, to the point of becoming a symbol of a feminist movement in Korea. Until now, we’ve had almost no insight into her character other than that she’s a gamer and she rides a mech. After this latest short, called “Shooting Star,” we now know she’s a self-sacrificing workaholic with PTSD. Hooray?

While this short gives some bread crumbs on D.Va’s backstory—she works with a squad of other mech pilots, and it seems that Korean news often fudges the truth when it comes to her personality and the injuries she sustains—it doesn’t do much to solidify any lore for this character. Some fans have expressed frustration that after two years, D.Va and much of the rest of Overwatch universe still feels like a blank slate. Others are just happy that D.Va has a freaking short finally.

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Gene Jacket

“...it doesn’t do much to solidify any lore for this character. Some fans have expressed frustration that after two years, D.Va and much of the rest of Overwatch universe still feels like a blank slate.”

You can place me firmly in that camp.

I was again reminded of Kaplan’s statement about why the First Strike comic was cancelled.

Part of the magic is that everything is not tied off and explained to players,” Kaplan said of keeping Overwatch’s canon less defined. “There’s a lot going on in Overwatch right now where I think that the story in players’ heads is often even cooler than what we can deliver to them.

I’m sorry, and all due respect to papa Jeff, but that is a bullshit excuse to not put in the work to expand the universe.

I don’t care what individual fans head-cannon is or what characters the community has decided to ‘ship, it’s not theirs to make those decisions with. If the team simply likes that it’s open-ended and doesn’t want to expand the world of Overwatch in those ways, that’s fine, but don’t tell us you’re not doing it because you don’t want to invalidate fan-theories because then we end up with something like this short.

It’s beautifully animated, of course, but it tells us nothing about we didn’t already know about Hana and doesn’t add any tangible depth to the world. So....what was the point?