Today at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced a new game called Overwatch. A FPS, which is something Blizzard hasn’t done before.
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.
With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature 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. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.
I’m not a big FPS person myself, but if it lives up to the quality of other Blizzard games, it should be a lot of fun for those that enjoy shooters. The crowds at Blizzcon were presented with a fully playable version of the game and beta testing is expected to begin in early 2015. You can sign up for Beta at the official Overwatch Website