Update: A mirror of the trailer on Streamable is now embedded in the story below, but it may be pulled before too much longer. Watch it while you still can!
Original story: Thanks to some hapless intern over at PlayStation France, we’ve gotten our first full look at the upcoming Overwatch event ahead of schedule—and it looks like the sort of huge, lore-driven offering players have been clamoring for.
The PlayStation France YouTube channel uploaded a video promoting the event ahead of schedule and left it as unlisted, rather than private. Though the video was pulled not too long after it began to spread, it was up long enough for us to give it a full watch and pull some of the most important screens and info.
The French version of the event is being called Overwatch: Insurrection, but we suspect that’s just a translation of the much more likely English name, Overwatch: Uprising. The prequel comic from last week, for instance, was called “Uprising” in English but “Insurrection” in French. Plus, the English rendering of the backstory event being tackled is the King’s Row Uprising, so it’d be a surprise if the event ditches that name.
The banner addition coming with the update appears to be a new four-player cooperative PvE mode in the vein of last Halloween’s Junkenstein’s Revenge, albeit in a greatly expanded form. Like that early mode, Uprising (as we’re guessing it will be called) appears to limit the mission to four playable characters. This time around, it’s Reinhardt, Mercy, Torbjörn, and Tracer, facing off against a fairly diverse-looking set of Omnic enemies affiliated with the terrorist Null Sector. Unlike the static, closed-off map of Junkenstein’s Revenge, Uprising looks to make full use of a modified King’s Row map, meaning players will likely be moving forward and making progress towards some objective rather than just standing still to survive through waves of enemies.
Also different, of course, is the story context. Rather than being a fictional scenario imagined by one of the characters in the game, Uprising is actually canon. The mode is re-enacting a moment from the history of Overwatch, specifically Tracer’s first mission out in the field. That should allow for a lot more lore-building and storytelling potential than any other event Overwatch has released so far.
According to the trailer, the event is slated to run from April 11th through May 1st, offering a full two weeks of play. Also included are 100 new objects to collect, including and skins, emotes, sprays.
Check out the gallery below for some stills from the now-pulled trailer offering a look at the new game mode and skins.
This is actually the second leak of the new event today alone, with an earlier image spotted on the Xbox One dashboard showing the active-duty Overwatch skins for Tracer, Mercy, Torbjörn, and Reinhardt.