An animated short 'The Last Bastion', one of many created by the team at Blizzard, has won a Webby award for best writing in film & video. While Blizzard has a rich history of creating animated shorts, this one in particular, is perhaps their finest yet. It's based around a playable character in their hugely successful game 'Overwatch', which has over 30m players around the world. Bastion only communicates with beeps and boops, but the characterisation put into him is fantastic and reminiscent of Pixar's Wall-E.
In this interview, Jeff Chamberlain, Blizzard's VP of Story and Franchise Development, explains how the video came to be and what challenges and opportunities come from creating game worlds. Gaming is often overlooked as a storytelling medium, but that perception is slowly changing thanks to companies like Blizzard. 'Overwatch' has a series of animated shorts and comics which tie directly into the game itself, whether it's in the form of new characters or subtle changes to the environments, creating a 'living world' that for the players is hugely engrossing.