Blizzard Entertainment revealed a brand new team-based first-person multiplayer shooter, Overwatch at their semi-annual video game convention, BlizzCon.

The game is described as a “pick-up-and-play first-person shooter featuring an amazing cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.”

“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 co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment.

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.”

Each character in the game bring in their own distinct set of weapons and superabilities. Below is the list of just some of the characters from the roster:

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.

“Each hero represents a formidable force on their own, players can amplify their potential by assembling into a well-balanced team and creatively combining powers.

No matter which hero or playstyle they prefer, players will be able to team up and accomplish the incredible in Overwatch.”

Synopsis:
“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.

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.”

New characters will be added to the game as development progresses & the beta testing will begin in 2015, sign up for beta here.

 

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