Stone by Stone is an original short story focusing on Symmetra, compassion, harmony, and Omnics. We chat with the author behind the new original short story set in the Overwatch
universe about the creative process, lore, and more.
AusGamers: Working with Blizzard and on properties like Warcraft and StarCraft, throwing Overwatch into that mix are there any similarities or through lines you’ve found with these very different universes?
Our Full Interview with Overwatch Short Story Author Christie Golden
Christie Golden: It may sound a bit ingenuous, but honestly, in both franchises I think you can see the love and care that Blizzard gives all its games. I’ve known this for years, of course, but it’s been great to work here and see that attention to the game’s spirit and details of what makes it beloved in action. Otherwise, the fun of it is that they’re so different in subject matter and approach.
AG: Giving voice and dialogue to Satya (Symmetra) and Zenyatta – what discovery did you need to do for these characters to learn about them and their personalities?
Christie: I spoke with the other members of my department who have worked with the Overwatch team to get a sense of the characters. We also have a few cinematics that deal with the Omnics, and a lovely comic about Symmetra. I played the game as well and listened to all the dialogue uttered by these two characters. Finally, as I always do when trying to get a sense of a character, I tried to “get inside their skin” and think like they do. They were a lot of fun to spend time with.
AG: Finding that humanity and those personal stories – as we find in Stone by Stone – is that the goal and how do you balance that with spectacle and the sort of sci-fi/fantasy people expect?
Christie: My professional career spans three decades. And in that time, a lot of themes have resonated with me that I keep picking at, trying to understand them. The joy is, of course, that I never will, it’s the curiosity that keeps me going. One is, what makes good people go down a dark path? Another is what makes some people get up again and again, while others are defeated? A third is the triumph of the human spirit. Each project has its own themes, of course, and I have always been attentive to how I can bring two very different people or cultures to a point of understanding. I also love the imagination that science fiction and fantasy lets me bring to the project. If you’ve read my work throughout the years, you can see these themes winding through all of them to one degree or another.