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During BlizzCon 2014 Blizzard unveiled one of the big projects they've been working on and it's a team-based, multiplayer game that seems to channel the colorful absurdity and fast-paced action from games like Team Fortress 2, all while feeding in hints of being a MOBA.
The game features 6-on-6 team deathmatch, capture and delivery modes, 12 playable characters, each with their own abilities and unique skillsets, and multiple interactive maps. The play-styles and gameplay are rolled out in a pretty extensive gameplay trailer, but not first before having the universe and characters explained in a cinematic trailer, which give gamers an idea of what to expect from the property. Check it out below.
Those feels from that ending. That almost seemed like something that would have been in theaters by Disney.
Blizzard really went all out on that one, eh?
Well, Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment commented about the game's recent announcement, stating...
"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."
I'm not entirely sure what market Blizzard is trying to capture with Overwatch because the free-to-play market seems all tapped out. MOBAs are definitely a big thing, and a first-person shooter MOBA is easily something that could find an audience through broad appeal, but is it something that has long-term appeal? I suppose it depends on how the audience adopts engagement to the gameplay.
Anyone curious exactly how Overwatch plays out can see it in action with the recently released gameplay trailer. You can check out the character roster rundown and special abilities in the video below.
I think that looks interesting but I can't say for certain that it's the sort of game that would hold my interest. A lot of it depends on Overwatch's long-game, so it will be interesting to see how Blizzard promotes the additional modes and maps for the game. The game is being demoed at BlizzCon this weekend where attendees get to put in some hands-on time with the upcoming title.
You can sign-up right now to participate in the upcoming 2015 beta of Overwatch by paying a visit to the official website. I'm sure all eyes will be on this game as it draws closer to release. I'm curious if Overwatch or Battleborn will be the bigger fan-favorite in 2015?