Overwatch is an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter in development by Blizzard Entertainment. Unveiled at BlizzCon 2014, the game emphasizes cooperative gameplay using a cast of various “heroes”, each with their own abilities and roles within a team.
Overwatch is gone… but the world still needs heroes. Though the game echoes Blizzard’s more recent love affair with colourful, cartoonish exaggeration, the game features such a variety of characters and environments that it’s hard to pinpoint one all-encompassing visual style. Overwatch features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a time-jumping adventurer, to an armored, rocket-hammer-wielding warrior, to a transcendent robot monk. Every hero plays differently, and mastering their abilities is the key to unlocking their potential. No two heroes are the same. It’s easily the most outlandish of Blizzard’s universes, and it looks fantastic in motion.
Overwatch features squad-based combat with two opposing teams of six players each. Players choose one of several hero characters, each with their own unique abilities and role classes. The four character roles include: offense characters with high speed and attack but low defense, defense characters meant to form choke points for enemies, support characters that provide buffs and debuffs for their allies and enemies respectively, and tank characters that have a large amount of armor and hit points to withstand enemy attacks and draw fire away from teammates. Players can switch between characters in-game following deaths, which is encouraged by the game’s overall design. Overwatch is primarily played from a first-person perspective. However, there are moments when certain abilities are used that pull the camera back to a third-person perspective, giving you an opportunity to watch the ability play out or get a better sense of your surroundings so that you can focus on aiming at foes.
Whether you’re engaging in combat on the front line, providing defensive cover with your energy shield, or supporting your allies by amplifying their damage, every hero’s abilities are designed to be effective as part of a team. Learning to utilize your abilities in concert with your teammates’ is the key to victory.
Official site: Overwatch
Release Date: 2016