New team-based shooter from Blizzard
Blizzard Entertainment has announced Overwatch, a new first-person shooter featuring a varied cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.
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.
With an emphasis on accessibility, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, 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.
The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear. 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. Finally, Symmetra is an Indian architech that 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.
New heroes and maps will continually be added to the game as development progresses, and beta testing will begin in 2015.