Blizzard has released the first details on new IP, Overwatch, an FPS set on a near future Earth with a varied range of characters. The first thing that came to mind when watching the above gameplay trailer was that Overwatch looks like a mix of Team Fortress and TimeSplitters. It has the the graphical similarity to Valve’s own FPS, while the character cast wouldn’t be out of place in Free Radical’s bizarre franchise. The game will be online only and will feature matches of 6 vs 6.
The above trailer introduces the cast of characters from the likes of Reaper, aka death personified, Widowmaker the sniper, Bastion who is the robot that can turn into a turret, Hanzo who prefers his bow and arrow, and Mercy who has the ability to fly and heal. There are a host of other characters too to get to know, with each one having their own strengths and weaknesses. The maps have also been designed around the characters, with each one being either advantageous for them or a death trap.
Blizzard has opened closed PC beta sign ups and all you need is a Battle.net account to register your interest. You aren’t guaranteed a spot, but if you want to try for it then follow the link.