Announced at Blizzcon in front of an eager audience today was Blizzard's first new IP in 17 years! Dubbed Overwatch (yes, we already have a wiki), the game is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on earth in the near future. Matches will pit a large range of heroes against one another in face-paced conflict, including soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and more.
“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 trailer below will give you nearly six minutes of gameplay to check out, and a host of other trailers is availble on the official site.
Some examples of heroes:
- 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.
As an added bonus, if you're actually AT Blizzcon this year you can take part in the fun right away! Blizzard has 600 PCs ready to go with a playable version of Overwatch. Present gamers can select from a current roster of 12 heroes and go 6v6 against one another as they capture, defend, attack, and more across three maps. The rest of us mere mortals will just have to wait until the Beta phase begins in 2015.
Sign up at http://us.battle.net/overwatch/en/, and don't forget to visit our Overwatch Wiki at Gamepedia! This compendium of knowledge by the players, for the players, will continue to grow as we find out more and more about Blizzard's new game. Be sure to keep checking back, or contribute your own knowledge!