What with how popular the many Overwatch shorts have been, I think it’s inevitable that one day soon, we’ll see the game’s lovable cast on the big screen. An Overwatch movie seems like a no-brainer at this point, and it looks like Activision is more than up for it!
In an interview with MCV, Activision senior executive Tim Kilpin commented on the notion of an Overwatch movie with: “We would like that very much.”
Kilpin added that franchises like Overwatch are “frankly like no other.”
“We’re a platform and a portfolio, these franchises exist across multiple platforms, so it’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s linear content [movies and TV] as a way to expand the audience and expand the opportunity and then esports [too], because pull all that together and you’re talking about franchises that are frankly like no other.”
Before any Overwatch movie happens, however, there’s first going to be the planned Call of Duty film. Kilpin also commented on that, saying the CoD movie could further “expand the base audience.”
“Anytime you take a franchise as storied as this, with this kind of legacy, and expand it into a new form factor you have to be really careful, you’re absolutely right … So frankly, if the script and the story isn’t right we won’t do it, it’s not one of those situations where someone is saying ‘I don’t care just get it made!’ that’s not what’s happening. We do think that if it’s done well it has the opportunity to expand the base audience, beyond the traditional foundation that the game appeals to.”
It will be very interesting to see how the Call of Duty film resonates with movie-goers, and how its success (or failure) impacts the future of an Overwatch film.
Would you like to see an Overwatch movie happen? Let us know!
In other Overwatch news, Blizzard doesn’t think the game belongs in the loot box controversy, the game’s subreddit has hit over 1 million subscribers, and the latest PTR update lets players try out Moira.