Blizzard Entertainment studio, the genius creator of the phenomenal game World of Warcraft, has just disclosed its intention of joining the first-person shooter niche for the first time with its Overwatch. This squad-based multiplayer is all set to fight toe-and-nail with its direct competitors.
The setting of the game is in highly-advanced Earth, with maps showing futuristic landmarks and cities like the London which is which filled with holograms and an advanced Egyptian bazaar with the pyramids at the background.
Overwatch players may select from a wide-range of characters according to his preferences from genders to classes to skills to natinalities like an English pilot who is capable of teleporting, German soldier that looks like a tank, a nimble Japanese assassin and an Indian architect that has the abiltiy to provide shield to his allies. Blizzard stated in a press conference shortly after the announcement, that they like their fans to be “equally represented” by the game’s varied lineup.
The game has 12 different characters to choose from, with members of the opposing teams have the ability to integrate their abilities to get the much-needed edge. Players will go in battle with as many as 6 people in each team which Blizzard called as a ‘pick-up-and-play first-person shooter’ with an ‘emphasis on accessibility and pure fun.’ The game can be likened to Valve’s Team Fortress 2, but comes with the Blizzard’s expertise for coming up with a adventure-filled gaming atmosphere.
CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, quipped “Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” and he added “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.”
Blizzard has had disclosed that the participants at the BlizzCon will be the first ones to get the look and feel for the game in three maps with aims of capturing and controlling the opponents base’ while delivering and defending against payloads. The company also said that a beta test of the game will kickoff in 2015 and applications for those who like to take part are now accepted in playeroverwatch.com.