Blizzard has announced Overwatch, a new first-person shooter set in an all-new universe.
Overwatch is set 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,” said Blizzard in a press release. “After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.”
Overwatch will adhere to Blizzard’s “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra, said the company. Matches will involve two teams of six and will be set in futuristic renditions of real locations such as London and an Egyptian pyramid.
“Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. “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.”
Characters in Overwatch will each have distinct abilities and weapons. Blizzard emphasised the benefits of complementary skills and characters.
Some of these characters include:
◆ 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.
Overwatch will go into beta in 2015.
Check out some environment screenshots here.
Check out some hero screenshots here.
For more, visit the Overwatch official website.