11 December 2017 - 14:44

There's an Overwatch cameo in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One

Plenty of other pop culture references show up, too.
Overwatch Staff Reporter
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Activision Blizzard isn't yet ready to put together an Overwatch film, despite the game's massive popularity. But one Overwatch hero is about to make her silver screen debut.

A trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, which is based on a book of the same name, debuted over the weekend. The trailer shows life both in and out of the OASIS, the virtual reality world of Ready Player One, as a battle rages for the world's control. And there's one surprising cameo in the trailer: Overwatch's British pilot, Tracer.

Related: An Overwatch film is something Activision Blizzard wants to explore

Tracer is part of a large group of pop culture heroes charging forward on what looks to be a battlefield. You'll find her right next to Street Fighter's Chun-Li. Likewise, Freddy Krueger, a Gundam figher, and the Iron Giant also appear in the newest trailer.

Tracer is one of Overwatch's most recognizable heroes—after all, she is the face of the game. The time-traveling pilot represents everything Overwatch is about for Blizzard. She's spunky, quick, and colorful. Just under a year ago, Tracer was also revealed to be Overwatch's first openly queer character. As the face of Overwatch, it was a big step forward for queer visibility in video games.

Blizzard has already immortalized the hero with an action figure, a Nendoroid toy, and a statue—a movie cameo seems like the next logical step.

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