The Trailer For The Next Overwatch Event Leaks Early

The next big Overwatch event is "Overwatch: Insurrection," and it looks like it's going to involve a multiplayer co-op mission pitting some of the classic members of the Overwatch team against a band of rebellious Omnics. At least, that's the implication in the new trailer, which appeared a day earlier than expected on PlayStation's French YouTube channel.


The description for the video (which was helpfully run through Google Translate by the fine folks at VentureBeat since we don't speak French, either) promises that the new event will let players "relive one of the key moments in the history of Overwatch," accompanying Tracer, Mercy, and a few others as they try to put down a robot uprising in King's Row. "Overwatch: Insurrection" begins April 11 and runs until May 1.

As for the story, "Overwatch: Insurrection" picks right up after "Uprising," which Blizzard released last week. The stylish blue uniforms worn by Soldier: 76 and his crew in the comic seem to be making their way into the game as Insurrection-specific skins. The translated video description said that players will be able to score "more than 100 new objects," including skins, emotes, and sprays, throughout the duration of the event.


If the leaked video holds up (and, given the production values and the release date, that seems pretty likely), "Overwatch: Insurrection" won't be the team-based shooter's first foray into co-op player-versus-environment gameplay. Last year's Halloween event introduced a special mode called "Junkenstein's Revenge," in which players controlled McCree, Soldier: 76, Hanzo and Ana as they attempted to fend off waves of zombies and Halloween-themed versions of existing Overwatch characters.

However, while "Junkenstein's Revenge" wasn't canon, "Insurrection" is set to reveal the specifics of one of the biggest, most pivotal moments in the detailed but opaque history of the game. For Overwatch lore-hounds, that's very, very exciting. Previously, the backstory was limited to a series of short comics, a couple of videos, and hints scattered throughout the game's environments and voice lines. The lack of a concrete storyline is one of the most troubling features of Overwatch, and while Blizzard doesn't need to address it (let's face it, story or no, Overwatch is pretty darn fun), it's cool nonetheless.