To help build the world of its hit game, Blizzard had released four Overwatch shorts: Dragons (focusing on Hanzo and Genji); Alive (focusing on Tracer and Widowmaker); Recall (focusing on Winston and Reaper); and Hero (focusing on Soldier: 76). All of these shorts have garnered millions of views and hype for the game. Now, Blizzard has added another short, called The Last Bastion.
While the other shorts have ranged from good to fantastic, this short is a masterpiece. In just over seven minutes with no dialogue (but with brilliant use of sound effects) we are told a simple yet compelling story. The character of Bastion and its relationship with the bird are fleshed out, and the story effectively uses the slow burn method of contrasting Bastion’s life during and after the hell of war. It is also one of the most chilling portrayals of PTSD flashbacks and triggers; the calmness of the forest helps the intensity really hit you.
It also makes you excited for more to come. What else will we learn about the war, and how it’s effecting the characters? Will Bastion be accepted in a post-war world? At any case, we’ve definitely come to care for it.
I’m definitely looking forward to more Overwatch shorts, and I hope they get better and better (and maybe nab an Oscar or Annie award). Till then, The Last Bastion is proof of Blizzard’s skill of being great storytellers and filmmakers in addition to fantastic game developers, and I look forward to supporting their further efforts.