Overwatch takes place in a fictionalized version of future Earth.
I suspect this is mostly because the real version of future Earth has yet to happen. As is so often the case with science fiction set in the future, humans and robots known as Omnics co-existed together.
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Or more accurately, robots served humans. This period of time is referred to as the Omnic Crisis, when the Omniums basically Omnic factories with AI superbrains went rogue and began producing militarized robots to rise up and overthrow the humans. Cool, right? Well, not for the humans. Enter Overwatch, a peacekeeping task force of elite soldiers from around the world, hand picked by the United Nations.
Their job was to save Earth from those naughty Omnics, and they nailed it. Sadly, as time went on, accusations of human rights abuses and internal conspiracy tore the organization apart.
In the six years following the end of Overwatch, tensions appear to have risen again between humans and Omnic. But Talon have other, more nefarious plans. Look at him below.
Luckily, these attacks are stopped by Winston, a gorilla scientist awesome who believes that Overwatch should still be around, to the point where he illegally issues the Overwatch Recall and summons all agents back into action. Some are good, some are bad.
The good guys
Similarly, Reaper is assumed to be Gabriel Reyes the other guy in the explosion. Reinhardt and Torbjorn meanwhile, were members of the original Overwatch strike team.
Then we have Genji pictured below. Genji is a cyborg ninja who was rescued and souped up by Overwatch, who enhanced his body and augmented his already awesome ninja skills in exchange for help. Moving on, Mercy is head of medical research.
The history of overwatch
She rescued Genji and brought him back to Overwatch to be rebuilt. When the team was disbanded, she continued doing good around the world. McCree was once an outlaw who ran with a gang that got busted by Overwatch. Faced with a choice between ing them or rotting in jail, he decided to up.
Mercy and McCree are below. Can you guess which is which?
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Winston — the wicked sick gorilla scientist — who grew up on the moon. Think Beast from X-Men and you get the idea.
Rounding out the team, we have Tracer and Mei. When she awoke, Overwatch was no more. Widowmaker was once a part of Overwatch, but was kidnapped by Talon and reprogrammed to assassinate her husband.
Things kind of went downhill for her from then on, as you can imagine. Everyone needs a hobby, after all.
Roadhog is a giant of a man who lived in the Australian outback, till the Omnic crisis eventually led to his home being turned into a lawless, Mad Max style wasteland, courtesy of an Omnium explosion. While scavenging through the ruins of said Omnium, he came across a valuable secret that turned him into a target. He employed Roadhog as his bodyguard as a result.
That, by and large, covers the broad strokes of Overwatch. For now though, you know the history behind the Overwatch organization, and the main contenders in the battle — Go forth and enjoy, chums. Most Read Stories Most Read. Advert Overwatch was declared illegal, and all remaining agents went their separate ways.