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.

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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.