Blizzard Announce new FPS Franchise – Overwatch

Blizzard announced the addition of Overwatch, a team based FPS set in a brand new world, to its stable – which includes the insanely popular Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo franchises.

Overwatch, one of the early highlights of Blizzcon 2014 together with new Hearthstone expansion Goblins and Gnomes, looks like a glorious Team Fortress-Borderlands-Pixar love child!

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.

Overwatch Cinematic trailer

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.

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.”
– Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment

The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear. Here’s the gameplay trailer that’ll give you a glimpse of the numerous heroes available.

Overwatch Gameplay trailer