Blizzcon 2014: Blizzard Announces Overwatch (New IP)

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2014 - 07:59 PM |
Tagged: overwatch, blizzcon 2014, blizzcon, blizzard

Blizzard has announced Overwatch, a new franchise to expand their portfolio. It was unveiled at the Blizzcon keynote with a cinematic trailer followed immediately by gameplay footage. The first video looks significantly different from other Blizzard cinematics. It follows a Walt Disney Animation Studios art style, including exaggerated facial features and animations, versus the game company's normal dulled realism. It would look at home alongside "Bolt", for instance.

The gameplay itself is compared to Team Fortress 2. It is a class-based first-person shooter with an assortment of game types. The first two, announced modes will probably sound very similar to most of our fans: Point Capture and Payload (yes, that Payload). The classes are described more like MOBA heroes, however, but multiple players are (said to be) able to use the same class. Apart from the character design, they seem to be functionally TF2 classes. Maybe the difference is just that their names do not define what they do?

There are several similarities and differences between the two games. The classes seem to borrow from Team Fortress, with a comfortable embrace to magic and abilities. There are at least two engineer-style characters that can build turrets, and at least one of them can build a teleporter. One difference is, there seems to be a bit of a focus on parkour and movement abilities, such as grappling hooks, in particular.

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There are also a couple of guesses about where this game came from. The funny, albeit likely incorrect reason is that, after Valve took the reigns of DOTA, Blizzard decided to take on Team Fortress 2 and push into their turf (although Gabe Newell has described the relationship between the two companies as "friends"). More likely, Paul Tassi published on Forbes some claims that Overwatch was a remnant from Titan, possibly one of its intended PvP modes. If this was a spin-off of Titan, it makes me wonder exactly what kind of engine they were trying to develop, that was developed for an MMO but that could also be comfortable as a first-person shooter. That said, it is not uncommon to see versatile engines in recent years, such as Source and Unreal Engine 4.

Overwatch will be going into a multiplayer beta in 2015, seemingly early in the year. It is interesting to see Blizzard go into a vastly different genre than their usual, especially from a technology standpoint.

Source: Blizzard

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November 8, 2014 | 10:29 PM - Posted by Octavian (not verified)

So this is the future of the West? An Asian/Hispanic man, a black man, but no White men!
Great! I'm looking forward to a future where my kids are a minority in a country that was built by their forefathers. I'm looking forward to a West where Whites are an oppressed and irrelevant minority in a civilization they built from scratch! hell yeah, hopefully none of 'em will be left then, thanks to the constant promotion of miscegenation and multiculturalism in every Western country.

In regards to the game, what's new here?

November 9, 2014 | 08:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh, so thats what its like to be a racist?

Damn, im glad im educated enough to not care.
I see all humans as barely self-aware apes.

The game is TF2 on heroin. Which is not a good thing. If you got bored of TF2 in a few weeks, ull get bored of Overwatch in a few hours.

November 9, 2014 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Octavian (not verified)

Racist ey? That's what its like to be in touch with reality, and not a Utopian fantasist, brainwashed by the modern anti Western globalist value system that's forced down our throats from every angle.

Oh, I bet you're educated in those education "institutions"! There are no breeds or subspecies when it comes to humans, but there are breeds and subspecies when it comes to dogs, cats, bees, bats, etc.

Why is it OK for a unique expression of humanity, the Europeans, to disappear and bred out of existence, and why is it encouraged day in and day out through the media, press, entertainment, politics and culture?
Who's behind this? This isn't happening in any region or country anywhere in the world. The East Asian countries aren't going through this genocide despite being quite prosperous.

And why is speaking against this genocide called racism? Do you know who came up with the term racism? It was Trotsky, or rather Levi Bronshtein, the fist commander of the red Army. An avid supporter of the state of Israel as a Jewish state.

We're all the same! That's why Caucasians are responsible for ~98% of all known technology, scientific breakthroughs and the most complex expressions of art and music.

November 9, 2014 | 08:12 PM - Posted by collie

Wow. Just Wow. I hope you are simply an angry confused youth, Because you words are ugly. I"m not gona bother explaining the foolishness of your words, I'm just gona home in time you learn the error of your ways.

November 10, 2014 | 06:07 AM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)

Theres no point in talking to people like that... they are INCAPABLE of changing their minds, regardless what information is presented.

Thats a true sign of mental weakness right there.

That guy looks like a delusional mentally handicapped child either way. Probably sitting on his ass all his life, never done anything to benefit anyone else, just barely supporting himself.

November 10, 2014 | 03:05 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Leaving this thread for posterity as you don't often get to read properly spelled posts from bizarro world, that and the laughs I got from it.

November 11, 2014 | 01:08 AM - Posted by Commander Octavian (not verified)

Ohh, downplaying my comment ey? The points I made seem to have bothered some of you "enthusiasts" on here.
What I'm saying is right before your eyes. I'm not pointing out anything that's isn't obvious to anyone. Turn on the TV or launch a video game, or go to university, and all you'll see is multiculturalism, White shaming, Feminism, degeneracy, and sexual liberation. You have to be a total degenerate to not notice the patterns everywhere. It's unbearable for those of us who have souls left in us and some common sense.

In less than 40 years, Europeans will be minorities in France, England, Germany, Italy, Canada, the US and pretty much every Western country. Our industries along with all the technological and scientific accomplishments that our forefathers crafted for us are flying away to those 3rd word countries, of course thanks to the hooked nosed goblins who own pretty much all the industries and trades in the Western world (look up what Henry Ford had to say about them).
Those international people with their hooked noses don't give a nickle about us Westerners or our countries or future. If they could make 20% more off of the Chinese, they'll hire the Chinese or Indians. They don't have any attachment to our countries or people. They have a country of their own in the Middle and it's a very ethnocentric country and culture they have made for themselves there.

November 9, 2014 | 09:29 AM - Posted by Areus

1) Yes.

2a) He's Asian,
2b) There's no black man.
2c) Torbjorn is a white man. Tracer, Mercy & Widowmaker are white women. 2 others are wearing masks.

3) I too am looking forward to that. Maybe your children will learn some humility, and not boast about the actions of others to buoy their own self importance.

4) I too am looking forward to that. Especially because I'd like to know what civilization whites "built from scratch" as opposed to "built with slave labor".

5) Miscegenation builds a stronger genotype. Multiculturalism builds a stronger society. Both of those are desirable. Only individuals who have been deluded as to their own superiority would oppose them.

You are upset at a perceived slight from a video game announcement and how that slight plays into a broader trend of the waning political power of white men in America. In doing so you missed basic facts about both the game and American history. You characterized yourself as a racist who is incapable of treating other humans with respect. Your reaction was childish, ignorant, and intolerant. With all those things being true, maybe you deserve to be marginalized.

November 9, 2014 | 11:26 AM - Posted by Branthog

Holy fuck.

November 9, 2014 | 12:44 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Op's post was... Educational.
And very... Special.

But yea' this game looks trash.

November 9, 2014 | 08:29 AM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

This must be Blizzard's revenge for Valve making DOTA 2...

It looks sort of like TF2 played on UT2k4 maps, doesn't it?

November 11, 2014 | 06:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For everyone saying it's a Tf2 clone, it's not. Watch some game play video and you'll see that it's ability based, more like a first person moba . don't be so quick to poo poo something before you play it.

November 9, 2014 | 11:22 AM - Posted by Branthog

It's been rather difficult to give a damn about anything Blizzard in so long. Other than Star Craft (very much a young man's game if you want to be able to compete with other players at all anymore), they're basically a casual game company full of click-fest games where there's little dying and few meaningful consequences if you do. Other than Star Craft, WoW (your retired parents' MMO) and Diablo (a game weakend greatly in the third iteration), and Diablo ... there's been nothing in almost twenty years from them.

It remains baffling to me why serious gaming enthusiasts give so much love to this company when they don't really make anything (outside of Star Craft, of course) other than a decade old exhausting MMO.

For the longest time, I fell into that camp, too. Then I sat down one day and realized "wait... They've put out one game that I gave any shits about since 1998..."

Kind of like EA. I used to give a fuck about what EA did and the decisions they promoted business-wise. Then I considered what games they put out that I gave a fuck about... there was basically Sim City and... that was about it. And that was total shit. Since I don't give a fuck about sports games or facebook games or The Sims, EA doesn't have anything I care about, either. And yet... for years, I was caught up in giving a fuck what their company did gaming-wise.

November 9, 2014 | 12:52 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

I feel like this is often how people feel when they've been in the scene for a long time as we may of been. (Since the damn of pc gaming)

We've seen the Blizzard climb to the top, and the horrible stumble down. (In regards to business ethic and moral)

And now just for ole' times sake, I humbly sit it in the middle somewhere. Modest, comfortable.. Not to let it drop so hard again, but to give it the notability it deserves in history.

And there it will likely remain for all of time.
I got the 3D (futuristic!!) version of Starcrack..
Don't really see how much more could change I care to see.
For a complex game it need only be simplistic.
It wrote the rules for RTS in many ways.

Guess I'll revisit when it turns into Augmented/Virtual Reality.
Or theres a fully compatible/non-comphemized -mobile- version or re-release of II for mobile..
Since we are in the age of Android L and 64 bit mobile processing...

I always felt like these types of games would be best on a touch monitor with a comfy arm mount for it to be over your lap..

November 9, 2014 | 10:23 PM - Posted by praack

like WOW!

i thought i was in a PC Building and Gaming community here not sitting in Berkley listening to a discourse on the ruination of mankind and civilization.

it looks like a good game, there is no real character development because it is a multiplayer, i don't doubt additional skins will be released and you will be able to customize.

but to read an article, and look at the videos- and no comments on the top notch trailer (i was actually hoping for a movie tie in) and then looking at actual game play that looks really good and it's still in AlPHA!

but no- we would rather contemplate the existentialism and the fall of the Proletariat - Sometimes i gotta laugh at you guys....

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