Blizzard Announces New FPS Title ‘Overwatch’, Beta Coming Next Year


From the creators of the most successful MMO and RTS franchises comes Overwatch, a brand new class-based FPS from Blizzard.

Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon convention was held this weekend in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The two-day event plays host to the world championship finals for World of Warcraft and Starcraft II, and is also home to many announcements for Blizzard’s current franchises. This year’s updates included changes to WoW and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a new trailer and gameplay updates for Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, as well as the announcement of a brand new IP.

Blizzard is shifting its sights to the team-based FPS category, with their new title Overwatch. Gamers can play as one of 12 revealed “Heroes”, each of whom has their own class-specific abilities; the angelic ‘Mercy’ acts as the team medic, and can revive fallen allies in the midst of battle, while ‘Torbjorn’ can build and place sentry turrets around each map, and give armor and ammo bonuses to other teammates. ‘Tracer’ can attack enemies, then “rewind” her movements, while ‘Reaper’ can enter a “rage” type mode where he can attack several enemies simultaneously. Two gameplay modes have been announced; Payload has the attacking team escorting a cart while fending off the opposing team, while Point Capture has players capturing various panels on the map for their team.

Details regarding platforms and a release window for Overwatch are scarce, however two trailers and a large assortment of screenshots were released during BlizzCon:

A release window has not been announced, however members have the option of signing up for the upcoming Overwatch Beta, due to launch sometime in 2015.

Sources: Overwatch, Overwatch Facebook Page
Images courtesy of Blizzard

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