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The Recall animated short has just been released and it looks fantastic! With up to 15 possible new heroes teased, this might be one of the most exciting developments since the game was announced!


If you haven't watched the short, I would 100% recommend doing so. The animation is stunning, the story fits perfectly and, let's be honest, who doesn't love a baby Winston hugging his peanut butter like it's the last thing on earth?



From a lore perspective, the short focuses around Winston, the loveable yet dangerous "scientist". Don't call him a monkey, whatever you do! Winston comes from the Horizon Lunar Colony, one of the first steps in humanity's leap towards colonisation of space. A group of gorillas lived within the colony, their traits enhanced in order to test their ability to live for a prolonged period of time in space. 


One gorilla showed exceptional brain development and a certain human doctor took interest in him: Harold Winston. He taught the young gorilla about science and the ways of humans, eventually allowing him to aid with experiments. The two forged a friendship that seemed unbreakable, if not for one fateful day.


The other gorillas led an uprising against the humans, killing the scientists and taking over the colony for themselves. The exceptional gorilla mourned his lost friend, taking up the name Winston in honour of his memory. He built a makeshift rocket and escaped to earth, finding a new home with the organisation Overwatch. 


Since Overwatch disbanded, Winston has hidden himself from the outside world, forever battling with his wish to reform Overwatch and deal with the problems of the world. His ability to keep in contact with the agents of Overwatch puts him in danger during the video, since the enemies of Overwatch, Talon, hope to claim the database for their own uses. 


Reaper attacks the base with a number of Talon units, but the ingenuity of Winston, both as a fighter and scientist, manages to save the database from being stolen. Faced with the prospect of further attacks, Winston knows he only has one choice left. He hits the button and calls upon the heroes of Overwatch once more.


During the video, you might have seen a number of new heroes flashing up in Winston's database. We don't know much about them, but Nerdacide put together a single image with all of them in it over on Twitter:



While there is no proper context given, we can speculate about some of the heroes shown:

  1. The top left character might be the now-deceased husband of Widowmaker. He was the leader of a number of missions against Talon, but his wife was taken hostage and her mind corrupted. She ended up killing her husband in his sleep before returning to Talon to become the emotionless killing machine we know today.
  2. The 4th and 13th characters are similar to Reinhardt, but we're not sure if they are just early previews of the character.
  3. The visor worn by the 6th character is a cross between Lucio's goggles and Soldier: 76's visor.
  4. The 10th character seems to be very similar in facial structure to Junkrat. Might this be a brother or someone from the same area?
  5. The 11th character almost seems like a futuristic Bastion. 
  6. The 12th character similar goggles to Widowmaker.
  7. The 14th character has a similar visor to Pharah.

What do you think? Who do you think these characters might be?

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