Since its release in May, one of the most appealing aspects of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch has been its diverse and intriguing cast of characters with an expanded backstory, and now the company is looking to provide an even bigger glimpse into its cast of characters in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics.
During this week’s San Diego Comic Con 2016, a report from IGN revealed that Blizzard Entertainment will be partnering with publisher Dark Horse Comics to produce new comic-related content in the expanded world of Overwatch.
The first part of the partnership will be Dark Horse republishing the digital Overwatch comics that have been released by Blizzard that provide the backstory of one of the game’s characters in each issue, of which there have been seven released (with an eighth on the way focusing on the game’s newest character, Ana).
Dark Horse has already republished four of the digital comics that Blizzard has released, with the rest to be on the way soon and (most likely) to include any future issues produced.
The partnership between Blizzard and Dark Horse will also produce a brand new, 100-page graphic novel in the Overwatch universe that will dive into the backstory of the original Overwatch team, including characters such as Soldier: 76, Reaper, and more. The graphic novel (unnamed as of now) will arrive in April 2017.
In addition to the original graphic novel, Dark Horse will also produce “The Art of Overwatch,” a new art book that will feature “previously unseen” concept art, illustrations, and other artwork that was used during the game’s production and early development. The artbook will release in Summer 2017.
Overwatch is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC – the cover art for the upcoming graphic novel can be seen below: