Futuristic heroes go head-to-head in Blizzard's Overwatch

— 4:20 PM on November 7, 2014

Blizzard took the wraps off an all-new PC game at its Blizzcon convention in Anaheim, California today—and it's quite unlike anything one might have expected from the developer behind the Warcraft and Starcraft franchises. Overwatch is an action-oriented multiplayer game that pits teams of futuristic "heroes" against each other in a cartoonish universe that looks straight out of Pixar's playbook. The gameplay looks heavy on first-person shooting but light on gore, and it reminds me a lot of Team Fortress 2. It also looks quite similar to Gearbox's Battleborn, another "next-gen hero-shooter."

Instead of building anticipation with an all-too-brief teaser, Blizzard has unleashed a torrent of media showing everything from a cinematic introduction to individual gameplay videos for each hero. Let's start with the typical trailer, which is an especially slick production:

And here's the extended gameplay trailer, which is loaded with action sequences for each character.

Overwatch looks pretty polished already, and final version shouldn't be too far off; Blizzard is promising a beta test next year. I don't see any mention of whether this will be a free-to-pay title, though.

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