123 - Omnic Lab: Lore & Speculation
This week Andres and Rob talk about some lore around Talon, Blackwatch, and a whole lot of speculation for what we think could be soon around the corner for us in the game!
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Discussion Points: Overwatch Lore 2017-2018
The start of the story:
“Over thirty years ago, without warning or explanation, a decommissioned set of automated megafactories re-activated themselves and launched a worldwide military campaign against all humanity dubbed the Omnic Crisis. Despite deploying new technologies including powered armour and super-soldier programs, no nation alone could stand against the growing omnic army.”
The UN formed OW
For 20yrs OW served as a global peacekeeping force & overall world & space betterment
Controversy struck their missions & forced disgraceful retirements through failed missions and allegations plus the uncovering of Blackwatch’s covert operations surfaced
The UN investigated and the OW Swiss headquarters was destroyed and Jack & Gabriel were reported dead during the investigations. The UN still decided to shut down OW & BW even with the destruction ruled as an “accident”
The Petras Act declared all OW activity illegal & could be prosecuted
Side note: Lucio’s Father worked on design & creator for sonic tech for Vishkar
Lucio also is a known enemy & freedom fighter to force them out of Rio de Janeiro
Satya Vaswani (Symmetra) was a high rank hard-light architect & trade agent for Vishkar
Symmetra was the key in destroying Caldo Tower with Sanjay Korpal (Vishkar agent & Talon leader) who helped assist after they couldn’t negotiate a contract with the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
Hyde Global hired 2 international criminals Junkrat & Roadhog to swindle insurance
Heroes Introduced since launch:
Overwatch & Misc:
Ana - Fareeha’s (Pharah’s) Mother
Lore Origin Story
OW Sniper with original Overwatch
Faked her death just like Jack Morrison (76) & Gabriel (Reaper)
Brigitte - Torbjorn’s Daughter, Reinhardt is the Godfather
Lore Origin Story
Orisa (Origin Story)
OR-15 modified by Effie Odele to an OR15A
Wrecking Ball (Origin Story)
Connected to Horizon Lunar Colony & Dr. Winston
Name: Hammond -- Connections with winning a Junkertown Arena
“The Last Bastion” - Bastion
The only animated short with zero dialogue
Shows that Bastion was abandoned in a forest in Sweden after the Omnic Crisis
Ganymede somehow activated Bastion (the bird)
The Omnic has PTSD from the battles in the crisis
Finds some abandoned B73 models destroyed in a field & uses his repair tech to get a memory note on what happened
Remembers what it’s supposed to attack in the city, but takes the bird to help understand it is in the past
Apparently, Bastion met Torbjorn after this and took him under it wing & upgraded it
“Infiltration” - Sombra with Widowmaker & Reaper (Guest Zarya)
Talon assassination mission in Volskaya Industries (RUS)
Chairman Katya Volskaya? (defender against the omnics)
Sombra Blackmails her with knowledge of the Chairman using tech from Omnic technicians. (Chairman also shows her daughter)
Mechs being built use Particle Beams that Zarya utilizes & Shield Arms like her barriers
Zarya arrives at the end
“Junkertown: The Plan” - Junkrat & Roadhog (Teaser for The Queen?)
Mostly Map & World building, Character fun
“Rise and Shine” - Mei & Snowball
Mei & companions in Antarctica ran low on resources.
Cryo-froze themselves to power down the base.
Only Mei woke up from Cryo-sleep
Atmospheric predictions were far worse than expected.
Comms lost & they slept through the OW/Blackwatch controversy
Asleep for 9 years resulting in the companions’ tanks to malfunction.
On the plus side, the 9 years the base while they slept.
Companions died to the Cryonics “Malfunctioning”
Opara (Cryonics) - from Numbani, Africa
Arrhenius (Climatologist) - from Sweden
Torres (Cryonics) - from Spain
Macready (Engineering) - from USA
Adams (Researcher) from USA
Mei sets out with the data and some snow gear to get back to Overwatch from Antarctica
“Honor and Glory” - Reinhardt & Brigitte (OR-14 Orisa Model & Bastion models)
Rein & Brigitte talking to avoid going back to OW
Reinhardt’s young crusader days “Live with Honor, Die with Glory”
Shows his arrogance and aggression while not protecting his men
An OR-14 Unit gets deployed and cuts Reinhardt’s Eye open with a blade.
Reinhardt’s senior officer gets a mortal wound from the same unit to rescue him
Fun fact: One of the crusaders helping while Reinhardt is on his rampage is a female crusader! This means that there could be more of his unit that were female or even omnics!
Reinhardt’s superior rests in Eichenwalde (or at least the armor does)
Omnics vs humans, thoughts?
Lots of story retrospection, but how will they move forward?
Talon, how do they come into play?
Will Sanjay Korpal, Talon leadership show up?
He’s also Vishkar’s CEO
This guy was in the Symmetra comic (A Better World) & Masquerade Comic as well as the Moira Origin Story & sat with Moira & Maximillien when Doomfist returned.
More Overwatch heroes? “Sound Quake” from the original trailer has STILL gone unmade “has chest missiles” according to punch kid
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