Different heroes have different shorts, comics, and lore pieces. Some maps offer insight into the things that have changed, like Eichenwalde showing us the relics of the Omnic War and the aftermath. But what I would like to know is what is the Overwatch timeline, in terms of all the shorts and lore pieces we have had.
In a recent Overwatch-news lore, a young girl who specialized in drones and AI was interviewed, apparently for having won a competition. This sparked a series of debates on whether or not this "interview" was given in the context of the past, or the present, and Michael Chu, the lead writer on Overwatch, said that the interview was occuring in the "present time" of Overwatch:
That date is just our "real world" publish date. The interview takes place in the present day of the OW timeline.
For example, does S:76's short that happens on Dorado happen around the same time Sombra, Reaper, and Widowmaker infiltrate Volskaya Industries? Does Recall happen before these two, or during the two, or after? For some it's clear what place they take, like Alive starting before the rest of the shorts, but unclear if it takes place after or before the Omnic War.
In essence, I would love to understand what is the "now" of Overwatch. We are already given context into events past, like the Omnic War, the destruction of OW headquarters, the "death" of Ana and such, but are we given concrete dates of when these events have passed, and what is the "present day" of Overwatch?