Blizzard’s New Game is Called Overwatch - It's an FPS

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Overwatch Blizzard FPS The sky must be falling, because Blizzard Entertainment has announced a brand new IP, and it has nothing to do with the Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo universes -- far from it! The game goes by the name of Overwatch, and it’s something very different. Watching the announcement trailer, the first thing that comes to mind is a third-person, action-packed shooting game, but Overwatch is more than that. It’s a six vs six team-based, competitive first-person shooter that will most likely take the eSports scene by storm. Here is the video for you to dissect: [youtube] At launch, the game’s roster will comprised of twelve characters, each with their own unique abilities. There are offense-oriented characters with high speed and attack but low defense, defense-oriented characters that specialize in forming choke points for enemies, supports characters that provide buffs (healing and other boosts) for allies, and heavily-armored characters with a large amount of hit points. Battles take place on an assortment of maps, all inspired by real-world locations. The first three maps to be unveiled -- King's Row, Haramura, and Temple of Anubis -- are inspired by England, Japan, and Ancient Egypt, respectively Players can switch between characters in-game following deaths, an essential element of Overwatch’s gameplay. ALSO WATCH: Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void Cinematic Trailer is Epic After Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch is yet another proof of Blizzard’s move to make their games more widely accessible. Even the relatively hardcore StarCraft 2 is moving in that direction, with Legacy of the Void introducing some new elements that make it less challenging to play. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and may prove to be a big success for the company. If shooters are your thing, and Overwatch has you intrigued, then feel free to sign up for the beta by clicking here. The game will launch exclusively on the PC and Mac computers “sooner than you think,” which in Blizzard’s world usually means at least a few years. Now that you know what Overwatch is all about, what do you think about Blizzard’s first-person shooter? Does it have legs to stand on in the midst of all the shooting games currently on the market? Let us know in the comments.

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