It’s been a while, Blizzard, but we always knew when you came back that it’d be in a big way. At Blizzcon 2014 on Friday, Blizzard announced its first wholly new IP in at least 10 years (if you’re counting World of Warcraft): Overwatch.
Overwatch is a class and team based multiplayer shooter in the vein of games like Team Fortress 2. The visual style, of the cinematic trailer at least, is best described as a Saturday morning cartoon – every one of these characters would make great action figures – given a proper movie-quality rendering. The little story presented in the trailer is immediately charming and fun to watch. Being that this is a multiplayer game, the story likely won’t factor into the game too much, but it pulls you into the world of the game all the same.
The gameplay trailer, included below, gives us a detailed look at a variety of characters like an archer named Hanzo, a transforming robot named Bastion, and a woman named Symmetra, who creates portals. A whole load of characters with what look to be unique abilities are shown off, as well as a few different environments. Regardless of character, there seems to be a heavy focus on mobility. The aforementioned archer climbs walls like a spider, while characters like Mercy appear to have some form of flight. The sniper depicted in the cinematic trailer is shown using a grappling hook, as well.
It’s exciting to see Blizzard at work on a new franchise. The game is, according to Kotaku, built on the ruins of the now-scrapped MMO Titan, taking the FPS elements and making them the focus of the game. Overwatch is set to go into beta in 2015, with no release date currently set.