Overwatch lore has always been a contested issue amongst fans. While Overwatch is primarily a PvP title, fans have become enamored with the story of the game’s world. There’d be no other reason for the passionate response behind the game’s decisions behind its PvE mode. But lately, Overwatch lore has felt more like an afterthought, especially considering how the new ages given out to all the Overwatch heroes just don’t make any sense. Don’t take it from me, take it from the fans.
Overwatch released new ages and birthdays for all the heroes in the game in a newly released hero roster. You can check it out yourself, but don’t be surprised to learn that many of these ages are straight-up impossible with established lore. One of the most common disparities is between Kiriko, Hanzo, and Genji. You can see that Kiriko is 21, while Hanzo and Genji are 40 and 37 respectively. Fans have noticed how this really doesn’t make any sense, as you can see Kiriko training with the Shimada brothers at a very young age. An argument could be made that there’s a level of dissonance due to different writing teams between Overwatch 1 and 2, but Kiriko is an Overwatch 2 exclusive character.
An Overwatch ages meltdown
It’d be one thing if this was the only error, but fans have noticed age errors with characters like Sojourn, Orisa, and Pharah. Of course, the community isn’t exactly pleased with the level of sloppiness here. And while random birthdays listed on a website might ultimately be inconsequential, it probably hurts a little more compounded with all of the negativity surrounding Overwatch 2′s lore lately, including a toned-down PvE mode.
Oh well. At the end of the day, it’s not a terribly big deal. And while inconsistencies in the lore remain, we’re all still here celebrating the new support hero released in the game, Illari, and a newly released hero mastery mode that tests your skills with a few characters.