'Overwatch: First Strike' Release Date, News & Update: Blizzard Entertainment Cancels Graphic Novel; Takes Story in a 'Different Direction'

By Olivia Cavallaro , Updated Nov 20, 2016 04:29 AM EST
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Blizzard Entertainment has some heartbreaking news for fans of "Overwatch." The graphic novel "Overwatch: First Strike" has been cancelled by Blizzard, the studio announced on their official website. The reason behind it is that they plan to take the story in a "different direction," as per the studio's Michael Chu.

Gamespot reports that according to Chu, the original plans that were laid out for "Overwatch: First Strike" were made during the early days of "Overwatch," which was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC nack in May. The development for "Overwatch" began back in 2014, when the RPG "Titan" was cancelled.

Chu explained that in "Overwatch: First Strike" was originally supposed to tell the the stories of how "Overwatch" was founded during the Omnic Crisis. He admitted that the core of the main story remains intact, but the events following it have changed over time. Chu also promised that Blizzard still wants to tell the stories of the main characters of "Overwatch," just not in the form of "Overwatch: First Strike."

"Overwatch: First Strike" was announced back in July for a release this month. Blizzard promised a hundred pages of "sequential artwork telling the story of the original Overwatch strike team." Micky Neilson, who worked on "Ashbringer" and "Pearl of Pandaria" wrote the story, with a design by Ludo Lullabi, whose credits include "World of Warcraft: The Comic" and "Ashbringer."

According to Eurogamer, Blizzard still plans to expand the "Overwatch" story, just not in the format of a graphic novel such as "Overwatch: First Strike." He asked fans to "wait for another day" as they still plan to tell the stories of Gabriel Reyes, Jack Morrison, Ana Amari, Reinhardt Wilhelm, Torbjörn Lindholm, and other characters.

"Overwatch" is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. It was released in May to positive reviews and has earned more than seven million players since its release.

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