Blizzard revealed the team-based shooter Overwatch

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Blizzard has announced at Blizzcon its brand new IP, the multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch.

World of Warcraft developer, announced during Blizzcon's opening keynote a brand-new IP, Overwatch. The game was rumored from the trademark issued by the studio back in April.

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A great deal of footage was showcased, presenting the game, characters, abilities, and even some PvP action. Lastly, an official trailer was also presented. Here's the official take on the game.

"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. "

"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. "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." 

As it stands, the game takes a lot from Team Fortress, with teams of six fighting in novel arenas, "from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid", Blizzard detailed.

The characters, which are dubbed Heroes, have their own unique abilities, ranging from damage dealing skills, to support, healing or ressurection. Blizzard revealed 12 of "numerous" characters that will be made available in the finished version, and even showcased a video with each in action. Here's the official description for some of them:

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. 

During Blizzcon, Overwatch was entirely playable on 600 PCs, and attendees where the first in the world with a chance to play it. Gamers at the show were able to select from the 12 playable heroes and go 6v6, capturing or defending points and attacks or delivering payloads across three very different maps. 

New heroes will be added down the line to the game as development progresses, and the beta-testing will be made available in 2015. For more info you can sign-up to participate to the beta here.


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