Overwatch, Blizzard Entertinament’s entirely new game and intellectual property (IP), was announced today at BlizzCon to an uproar of applause.
Game designer Jeffrey Kaplanas describes Overwatch as a “team-based, multiplayer shooter that is completely action-packed.” it appears to be a first-person action game including 12 playable characters with unique abilities and play styles.
For those of you keeping score at home, Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment’s third new franchise in recent memory beside both Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
However, both of these franchises take existing game worlds and explore them in new genres. Overwatch will be the company’s first truly new and unique IP since Starcraft released in 1998.
- Gameplay Trailer
- Cinematic Trailer
- Characters and Individual Gameplay Footage
- Release, Beta, and Other Details
- Screenshots and Images
Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities.
In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world:
It ended the crisis and helped to maintain peace in the decades that followed, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded.
Overwatch is gone… but the world still needs heroes.
Characters and Individual Gameplay Footage
- Tracer – Gameplay Video
- Pharah – Gameplay Video
- Bastion – Gameplay Video
- Hanzo – Gameplay Video
- Symmetra – Gameplay Video
- Reaper – Gameplay Video
- Winston – Gameplay Video
- Torbjörn- Gameplay Video
- Mercy – Gameplay Video
- Widowmaker – Gameplay Video
- Zenyatta – Gameplay Video
- Reinhardt – Gameplay Video
Chris Metzen added at a BlizzCon panel that “many, many more characters” are planned for the game.
Release, Beta, and Other Details
Overwatch is playable at BlizzCon all weekend. The game appears set up for consoles but is only available for PC play at the event. As far as release, Chris Metzen said that it’s “[is] nearer than you think.” Beta has been confirmed for 2015.
Stay tuned for details as the Overwatch panel starts soon. See below for images.