Blizzard used the opening ceremony at this years BlizzCon to showcase a new first person shooter title, Overwatch.
The game bears a number of similarities to Valve’s, Team Fortress 2 with a class based system including Engineers, Soldiers, Medics, Spy’s and Snipers. Blizzard released some details around a few of the characters in game shedding some light on some back story for each:
- 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.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said about Overwatch
Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay. 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 game was available to play by BlizzCon attendees on 600 PC’s set up at the event in Anaheim, California which were set up with the current roster of 12 playable heroes and ready to go in a 6vs6 battle.
For more information and to sign up for the upcoming beta test go to the official website, www.playoverwatch.com.