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The next Overwatch novel stars a young McCree and Ashe

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Overwatch - Ashe and McCree engage in a shoot out in a Western town Image: Blizzard Entertainment
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

An Amazon France listing for a second Overwatch novel went live, and caught the attention of fans. The first novel in the Overwatch universe, The Hero of Numbani, starred Edi Oladele and the tank hero Orisa, and was released in 2020. This second novel in the Overwatch world stars Ashe and McCree in their younger years, when they founded the notorious Deadlock gang. A representative of Blizzard Entertainment confirmed to Polygon that the listing was accurate, and the book will be published by Scholastic and release in 2021.

A synopsis of the book was listed, which sets up the main conflict of the book.

In the years after the Omnic Crisis, the American Southwest is ruled by vultures looking to profit off the chaos. The West is ripe for the taking, and Elizabeth Caledonia Ashe intends to write her name across it.

When Ashe is arrested yet again on the morning of her high school graduation, her aloof, old-money parents decide to disinherit her from the family fortune. To steal back what’s rightfully hers, Ashe teams up with her omnic butler, B.O.B., and local ruffian Jesse McCree for a series of heists, catapulting the trio into a game of fast money and dangerous alliances. Along the way, Ashe discovers that family isn’t just about blood. It’s about the people who’ve got your back when your back’s against the wall.

Full of high-octane chases and action-packed stand-offs, the second novel for Overwatch explores the founding of the Deadlock Gang and the origins of fan-favorite heroes Ashe and McCree. Don’t miss this incredible, original story straight from the Overwatch game team and critically acclaimed author Lyndsay Ely.

We first met Ashe at BlizzCon 2018, where she led a Deadlock gang assault against Jesse McCree.

Overwatch is currently receiving smaller updates from Blizzard as fans await the release of Overwatch 2. Along with the novels, Blizzard is also currently releasing a comic series starring Tracer with artist Babs Tarr and Mariko Tamaki.

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