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The animated Kiriko short from Overwatch 2 reveals the new hero's two extremely distinct sides

Updated: Apr 25

At TwitchCon's keynote address, the incredible nine-minute animated short "The New Healer Hero" had its debut.

Update: Today at TwitchCon, the Overwatch 2 Kiriko animated short made its long-awaited debut, and it's a doozy.

The new Overwatch 2 healer hero is depicted in two very different ways in Kiriko's animated short, "the loving daughter and the lethal protector," which is humorous, poignant, and badass.

Overwatch 2 Animated Short | “Kiriko”

Fans of the game have been waiting for the new healer hero's animated short, as many heroes have gotten their own since Overwatch launched back in 2016. The animated shorts offer some great insight into each character, and with Overwatch 2 fans upset after Overwatch lore was found seriously lacking in the sequel, it'll be nice to get to know Kiriko better.

We know that Kiriko has close ties to established heroes Genji and Hanzo, which makes sense since she plays basically like Genji as a support healer. Her mother was a ninja who trained both Hanzo and Genji when Kiriko was young, so she has an almost familial bond with the two brothers.

She's also, however, grown up under the tutelage of a grandmother who worshipped the Kanezaka fox shrine, so she represents a bit of the old and a bit of the new. Here's hoping that her animated short will expand upon Kiriko's backstory and personality so that we can learn even more about the healer.

It seems like the crew behind the Overwatch cinematics never fails.

If you watch any stream in the Overwatch 2 category for two hours between October 7 and 16, and between October 17 and 24, Overwatch 2 is also giving away some Kiriko-themed Twitch Drops. The voice line and legendary skin from the first Twitch Drop are different from the spray and weapon charm from the second. Visit Blizzard's blog post for further details on how to obtain Twitch Drops for Overwatch 2.

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