‘Overwatch’ Debuts As New Blizzard IP

lineup-wide.1z8E7Activision-Blizzard has announced their first new game property in years with the FPS Overwatch, revealed as a kick-off to their annual BlizzCon convention.

The shooter, which is being described by many as a mix of Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands, is the first new franchise for the game studio since it launched Starcraft in 1998. Blizzard had been working on a project called Titan but development was recently scrapped.

The new FPS will be a team-based first-person shooter with a selection of heroes with unique powers and a variety of game modes and futuristic settings.

“Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment in a statement. “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.”

The official website lists 12 heroes to choose from, as well as Payload and Point Capture modes. Hero selections will include Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support.

Most notable is the visual flair associated with most Blizzard products. With bright colors and cartoonish character figures, the neon-lit gameplay fits right alongside the bright figures in their most successful game, World of Warcraft.

No release date or technical information has been given. Players are able to sign up for their Beta Testing via the official site.

The BlizzCon convention, held in Anaheim, Ca, is a gathering of Blizzard fans from around the world and typically acts as a launching ground for new Blizzard announcements. This year will include more news, game tournaments, and a concert from Metallica.

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