Blizzard Unveils Overwatch
Huge announcement. Blizzard revealed during this year's BlizzCon a brand-new game coming next year: Overwatch. This new title is a first person shooter set in an all-new game universe and its beta will arrive in 2015. Don't miss both cinematic and gameplay trailers.
“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. “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 action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. 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. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now... but the world still needs heroes.
With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Blizzard arrives to the FPS genre. Players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear.
Watch the gameplay trailer:
New heroes and maps will continually be added to the game as development progresses, and beta testing will begin in 2015. Soon enough we'll know more, so stay tuned.