The annual BlizzCon event took place this past weekend celebrating Blizzard and all of their major franchises. Fans typically look to this event to see where Blizzard is going with the future of their biggest games. This year however, Blizzard set out to surprise fans who were probably expecting more traditional news.
While we did get some updates on established franchises like StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Heroes of the Storm, the big announcement was an absolute curve ball as they introduced a brand new franchise for the first time in quite a while adding Overwatch to their IP stable of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo.
You’d be forgiven if you want to lump Overwatch into the Team Fortress 2 mold as it’s also a game that features characters with a lot of “over-the-top” personality. It’s almost as if Pixar created some sort of violent CG shooter based purely on the visuals alone. When you boil it down, Overwatch is is stylized 6v6 team based shooter filled with unique characters players can select each with unique abilities. The game appears to feature maps based on locations from around the globe where both teams of over 12 character types battle to capture/complete objectives.
The thing that I find really intriguing about Overwatch is that it has an incredibly diverse cast of characters. I’m talking gender, ethnicity, backgrounds, everything. I’m not sure if this was done in response to the recent activities over the past few months or was always part of the plan, but it’s certainly refreshing to see. What’s event better is that Blizzard managed to reveal them in a way that they’re not coming off as preachy or in your face about it about either. The characters make sense and look great.
Here’s the debut gameplay trailer which will give you a better feel for the game:
Currently, Blizzard has not revealed a release date for Overwatch but did confirm that a beta is coming sometime in 2015 which you can sign up for from the official site. While it’s confirmed for PC, there have been rumors about a potential console release as well, so that’s something to keep an eye on moving forward.