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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a New PvP Multiplayer Shooter

BlizzCon 2014 is currently underway and saw Blizzard officially announce a new team-based multiplayer first-person shooter called Overwatch.

This is the first time in a number of years that we have seen the developer announce a completely new IP. It’s interesting to know that Overwatch is actually a reworked version of the PvP portion of the company’s scrapped project Titan.

Somewhere along its long development period, Blizzard decided on salvaging a portion of the game and transitioning it into a quirky PvP shooter with Pixar-like graphics, one which is very reminiscent of Team Fortress 2.

The game revolves around an international squad of soldiers that each brings distinct weaponry and abilities. At the moment Blizzard has revealed four of the ‘heroes’ but have said that there are many more to come.

  • 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.

For a taste of what the game has to offer, check out this gameplay trailer:

As for a release date, the developer teased that it’s coming “sooner than you think.” An open beta is planned for early 2015 with a release possibly looking at fall of next year.