Blizzard Announces Overwatch, First New IP in 17 Years

Blizzard Announces Overwatch, First New IP in 17 Years

Blizzard has announced their first brand new IP in 17 years today, introducing fans at BlizzCon to Overwatch. The game is a pick-up-and-play first-person shooter featuring a cast of lively and imaginative characters in a brand new universe.

The action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced future version of Earth. In a time of global crisis, soldiers, scientists, and other oddities formed the task-force known as Overwatch to restore peace to a world devastated by war. Over time, the group eventually disbanded after accomplishing many feats, but it seems the world still needs heroes after all.

Overwatch emphasizes fun and accessibility,  oozing a vibe similar to that of Team Fortress 2 with a heavy dosage of Pixar-esque art that is a big departure from grim material in other Blizzard games like Diablo and StarCraft. Utilizing an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay, Overwatch gives players their choice of character as they form teams of six to battle across a range of futuristic global locations, from London all the way to Egypt.

The heroes of Overwatch each have their own definitive style to them, giving each a unique flavor that will be appealing to a wide range of players. There is Tracer, a former British test pilot who blink around the map and reverse time; Reinhardt, a hulking German soldier in battle armor that swings around a rocket hammer; Hanzo, a bow-wielding Japanese mercenary that can scale walls and unleash giant Dragon spirits and several other characters with their own sense of style that is a drastic departure from the next one. No matter which hero you choose, you will be able to team up and take out your friends in Overwatch.

Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment in an official statement. “With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things. Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.”

You can sign up for the Overwatch beta. which is set to start in 2015, over at the new official website. There is no firm launch date for Overwatch, but Blizzard is promising more details in the coming months. You can watch the incredible launch trailer below, as well as the first gameplay video that showcases many of the games unique characters. Let me know what you think of Blizzards new IP in the comment section and tell me if you love it, hate it or are simply indifferent.