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Blizzard releases new Overwatch animated short about the origins of Mei

Mei is the subject of Blizzard's latest Overwatch animated short titled "Rise and Shine."
Mei's origin story is the heart of the new Overwatch animated short titled "Rise and Shine." Photo courtesy of Blizzard.

Blizzard premiered Wednesday a new animated short for Overwatch titled “Rise and Shine,” describing the origins of one of the game’s heroes, Mei.

The story delves into Ecopoint Antarctica, a former Overwatch installation designed to collect data on the environmental changes of the planet before Overwatch’s eventual disbandment. Mei and her team of scientists entered cryogenic hibernation due to dwindling rations and a snowstorm that prevented any sort of delivery, but Mei was the only one who woke up nine years later, with the rest of her team found dead in stasis due to malfunctions with the cryopods.

As Mei realizes that the nine years worth of data can be used to save millions of lives, her next goal becomes trying to get into contact with Overwatch and get the data back. The short ends with her walking out from Ecopoint Antarctica, eventually making it to safety and joining the reformed Overwatch.

The animated short illustrates how Mei developed her Endothermic Blaster — which allows her to freeze enemies, fire projectiles, or create obstacles in-game — as well as how she became close with Snowball, her robotic sidekick that dispenses her ultimate ability.

This animated short follows the previous short titled “Infiltration,” which was released along with the announcement of Sombra to the game. There have been a number of character specifics shorts so far for Bastion, Widowmaker, Soldier 76, Hanzo and Genji.

Cover photo courtesy of Blizzard

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