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New Overwatch Art Book and Graphic Novel Slated for 2017

News Bot Jul 21, 2016

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    News Bot Chaos Immortal

    Blizzard and Dark Horse Comics today announced plans for future Overwatch releases, including a pair of books coming next year.
    Up first is an original, hardcover graphic novel based on Overwatch that's slated for release in April 2017. It's described as a "brand-new entry in the Overwatch canon" and "will contain 100 pages of sequential artwork telling the story of the original Overwatch strike team." This makes it sound like the previously announced Overwatch: First Strike, which had been slated for release this year. We've followed up with Dark Horse to confirm that First Strike has been pushed back.
    [​IMG]Whatever the case, describing it as a new entry suggests this won't be a collection of the short comics Blizzard has released online over the past several months. Today's announcement notes that many of these are available through Dark Horse's digital comics platform and that more of them are on the way. In fact, one was released just today featuring Soldier 76. You can read it here.
    Also arriving in 2017 is The Art of Overwatch. While an art book was offered as part of Overwatch's collector's edition, this new book promises to have "a stunning collection of never-before-seen concept art." No further details were shared except that it will be out next summer.
    Overwatch recently added its first post-launch character, and Blizzard continues to expand its lore with supplementary content. This has all been released outside of the game itself, which is devoid of much direct storytelling. With it clearly planning to continue, we just need to convince the company to turn it into an anime.


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