Blizzard reveals a new FPS called 'Overwatch'

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World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has just revealed its newest IP, a PC multiplayer first-person shooter called Overwatch. The game was revealed on Friday during the Blizzcon opening keynote.

Video footage of the game was presented, showing arena-based multiplayer PvP action with characters that boasted a range of special powers and abilities.

The game sees players face off in tactical, team-based battles in range of wacky-looking maps. Here's a snippet of the official blurb:
"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."

Teams of six will fight in futuristic arenas, "from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid", explains Blizzard.

The game's characters, called 'Heroes', will each boast their own range of super powers. Blizzard announced 12 of "the numerous" heroes that will be in the final game. Here are official descriptions for four of them:
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.

World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan sits at the helm of the new project, which is present at Blizzcon in fully playable form on 600 PC stations.

A beta test is planned to begin at an undisclosed date in 2015, the company said during the keynote. Players can sign up for it here.

"Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay," said Blizzard Entertainment CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime in a prepared statement. "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."

Here are gameplay and cinematic trailers:


Source: Blizzard reveals a new FPS called 'Overwatch' - trailer - CVG UK
 
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