A new Overwatch animated short puts D.Va in the spotlight

The Busan map that's now on the Overwatch PTR isn't the only D.Va-centric newness to come out of Blizzard today. The studio also released a new animated short called Shooting Star that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of South Korea's most famous esports superstar and Omnic-fighting mech pilot. 

Surprise! It's not actually glamorous at all. While D.Va's MEKA compatriots are out enjoying a well-earned break from the action, her obsessiveness keeps her on the front lines, tragically isolated from her friends and squadmates, eating poorly and relying on sugar and caffeine to stay sharp. And thank goodness for that, because when the Gwishin Omnics attack, she's ready to hold the line!   

It makes me wonder why there aren't rotating squads of pilots, and mechanics to ensure that the mechs are being properly maintained. MEKA Base obviously cost some bucks to put together, so why not hire a proper staff? I mean, if you know that your nation is under constant threat from flying killer Matrix-bots, maybe you should have more than one person standing watch over everything

Luckily for everyone—and I don't think this is too much of a spoiler—it's a happy ending. And there's even a lesson learned, too: It's okay to ask for help sometimes. (Even if that help can't really get the job done and you end up having to take matters into your own hands anyway.) 

With the Busan map now live, the PTR patch notes are also up: Ana, Brigitte, and Widowmaker have all been tweaked, Reinhardt's Earthshatter has been given a "complete overhaul," and a number of small bug fixes have been made. The full rundown is here.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.