For the first time in a while Blizzard has announced a brand new game franchise. The game is Overwatch and it is a team-based multiplayer shooter with Pixar-like graphics. Looking at the gameplay videos it looks very much like Team Fortress 2.
Apparently Overwatch is a re-worked version of the PVP portions of Blizzard’s Titan, the long awaited next-gen MMO that was canceled back in September. While Overwatch did indeed evolve from the remnants of Titan, it is a “very different game” according to Blizzard’s Chris Metzen.
Blizzard has described Overwatch as a “pick-up-and-play” FPS and it sure seems that way, again much like Team Fortress 2. Check out the gameplay video below.
“Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” saidMike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things. 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.”
The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear. Here’s just a glimpse of the numerous heroes that will ultimately fill Overwatch’s rosters:
– Tracer, a former British test pilot who shrugs at danger, can execute impossible acrobatic assaults thanks to her ability to teleport, drop energy bombs, and even reverse time.
– Reinhardt, a hulking German soldier in battle armor, can charge great distances and pin his enemies to a wall or slam the ground with his rocket hammer to knock them off their feet.
– Hanzo, a bow-wielding Japanese mercenary, has the ability to scale walls with his bare hands, fire off a tracking device that illuminates nearby enemies for his team, and unleash a huge spirit dragon that does grievous damage to all enemies in its path.
– Symmetra, an Indian architech, manipulates light and energy to shield her allies and damage her enemies—and she can turn the tide of any battle by building a device that instantly transports her teammates to the front lines.
It looks like there will be at least 12 heroes to choose from at the start. The game will enter beta in 2015 and you can sign up for the beta on the games website today. If that is not enough to get you excited about the game Blizzard also released a cinematic trailer which gives a pretty good storyline to the game.
What do you think about this new game from Blizzard?