Blizzard Bets Massive With New ‘Overwatch’ Recreation Franchise

Blizzard, the gaming firm behind the mega-common "Warcraft," "StarCraft" and "Diablo" collection, on Friday introduced its first really new franchise in 17 years: a multiplayer first-individual shooter referred to as "Overwatch." The sport, proven at Blizzard’s personal BlizzCon occasion, is a futuristic six-versus-six battle recreation with a big roster of characters to select from, and extra to return. Within the announcement, "Overwatch" was described as an offshoot of the corporate’s "Titan" challenge, a massively multiplayer recreation that by no means got here collectively and was formally canceled final yr. The final new franchise Blizzard revealed was "StarCraft," approach again in 1998. The whole lot since then has been a sequel or in any other case by-product of their massive three recreation worlds — so you possibly can anticipate "Overwatch" to stay round for the long term, too.

It owes so much to established multiplayer shooters, particularly Valve’s well-liked and lengthy-lived "Workforce Fortress 2," but in addition takes hints from "MOBAs," or multiplayer on-line battle arenas, which focus extra on staff synergy and technique as keys to victory moderately than pure "twitch" gaming talent. No worth or date was introduced, however Blizzard stated we should always see "Overwatch" someday in 2015.

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First revealed November 7 2014, three:sixteen PM