UPDATE: The animated short is now out, give it a watch here!
In light of the full launch for Overwatch on May 24, Blizzard is going to be hosting an event at Cinemark theatres in the US on Sunday, May 22.
The animated short is titled Dragons which tells the story behind the conflict between the Shimada clan scions Hanzo and Genji. It follows the story of Hanzo’s return to his family village Hanamura to seek redemption, “only to find himself confronted by the ghosts of the past.”
In Hanzo’s official bio, it gives readers a brief overview of this rivalry between the two brothers.
“The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a bast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family’s head. Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire.
Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo’s hear and drove him to reject his father’s legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.”
The screenings are confirmed to be shown at select theatres in San Francisco, Plano and Bellevue.
According to Desctructiod, the collection of Overwatch cinematics will be showcasing, “hero trailers, and animated shorts — including two new episodes, featuring the Shimada brothers, Hanzo and Genji, and the masked vigilante, Soldier: 76. As an added bonus, attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s lore and storytelling efforts during a special developer panel hosted by Michele Morrow.”
Other than being shown in theatres in the US, Dragons will also premier on the Overwatch website May 16 at 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM UK.
If you have not yet watched the cinematic short titled ‘Alive’ focusing on Widowmaker and Tracer, a video has been posted below.