On Friday during BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard Entertainment introduced its first new game property in 17 years: Overwatch. The game is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter that anyone can pick up and play, placing gamers on a battle-weary, "technically advanced" earth in the near future.
"In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world," the press release said. "After many years, the group's influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now...but the world still needs heroes."
Essentially, Overwatch sounds like Blizzard's version of Team Fortress 2. Players group together in teams of six to battle an opposing team across a number of futuristic environments, such as an Egyptian pyramid or the streets of London. Players will also have 12 characters/classes to choose from, including Tracer, Reinhardt, Hanzo and Symmetra.
According to Blizzard, Tracer can perform acrobatic assaults, drop energy bombs, teleport and more. Reinhardt is the team's tank, a huge soldier wearing battle armor. Hanzo is a Japanese mercenary wielding a bow, and Symmetra is an Indian architect that protects the team by using energy and light.
Additional characters listed on the Overwatch website include Reaper, Widowmaker, Winston, Pharah, Torbjorn, Bastion, Mercy and Zenyatta.
"Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience that's more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love."
Blizzard will begin beta testing the game sometime in 2015, but potential testers can sign up for the beta right here. Additional media such as gameplay videos and screenshots can be accessed here.
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Nothing in common with 'traditional' Blizzard games and IPs like Diablo, WC, SC which all have huge epic background stories and consistency across each IP.
In Overwatch you have orangutans fighting with the Reaper, sniper babes and Aladdin.
If they've run out of ideas it would have been much better if they remade the 20 year old Blackthorne or the Lost Vikings!
The journalist have made an huge bommer. he say's that there are only 12 heroes, that is wrong, blizzard choose only to show 12 heroes, but they said time after time, that there are many other heroes on the drawing board.
And we dont know yet if this is going F2P.
Always hope for the best and be afraid the worst, so yo don't get burned, by bad release.