Blizzard Entertainment announces new game 'Overwatch'

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new video game called "Overwatch."

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Blizzard Entertainment announced a brand-new IP today during Blizzcon called "Overwatch" which is a team-based multiplayer shooter with vibrant characters to play as.

Overwatch stars a number of different characters that seem to offer different styles of play and abilities. There's Widowmaker, who appears to specialize in sniper abilities, and Winston, who is a giant gorilla equipped with cybernetics that can perform an ability called "Primal Punch." The trailer Blizzard showed off during the announcement featured a capture the objective game mode pitting two factions against one another.

The beta for the Overwatch will be available much sooner than we would have guessed as Blizzard has announced players will be able to take part in it sometime in 2015. In order to learn more about Overwatch, head on over to the title's official website, playoverwatch.com, although at the time of this writing, it appears the website isn't live yet.

If you feel like Overwatch looks awfully familiar, you're not alone as I definitely get a Team Fortress 2 vibe from it. Whether or not Overwatch will be F2P just like TF2 is completely unknown right now, but if it is, then I can be sure productivity around the Shacknews office will suffer a great deal.

Want to get better acquainted with the characters of Overwatch as well as their abilities? Blizzard has uploaded a ton of videos doing just that. Here's one of Reaper:

Instead of bombard you with videos, I'll just link the other ones in the comments for those who are interested in seeing how a specific character performs.

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    November 7, 2014 11:46 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Blizzard Entertainment announces new game 'Overwatch'

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      November 7, 2014 12:14 PM

      Psst - your link to the Overwatch site actually points to http://www.shacknews.com/article/87065/playoverwatch.com

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      November 7, 2014 12:14 PM

      valve steals dota, blizzard steals tf3?

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        November 7, 2014 12:28 PM

        I am so down with this.

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        November 7, 2014 12:36 PM

        Pretty much.

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        November 7, 2014 3:20 PM

        lol I'm okay with that

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        November 7, 2014 5:02 PM

        First of all Valve did not steal DotA. It mas made as a mod to Warcraft 3 that was not designed or influenced by Blizzard. Blizzard had several years to move on make the mod into one of their own personal IP's. However they choose not to. So Valve picked it up because they have had a history of picking up popular mods for their own IP's. Then Blizzard tried to sue Valve over DotA 2 after a few years into it's production. Which eventually was settled out of court and Valve got to keep everything for commercial purpose.

        As for this game it looks like not so much as a TF2 clone, but more like a bunch of class based FPS multi-player games I have seen on the market (including Super Monday Night Combat). Blizzard always takes the best parts of certain games in a particular genre and tries to meld them into one game.

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        November 8, 2014 5:52 AM

        I was going to post the same thing this morning; so glad to see it's one of the first comments.

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      November 7, 2014 12:15 PM

      URL in the article is broken!

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      November 7, 2014 12:24 PM

      I... I think I'm in love....

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      November 7, 2014 12:25 PM

      i can just imagine how terribly F2P this game will be :(

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        November 7, 2014 12:45 PM

        I don't know. Not all F2P games are alike. Look at Hearthstone. Hopefully its F2P model will be replicated within Ovverwatch.

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          November 7, 2014 12:47 PM

          hopefully i can just pay for the game and not have to buy in game currency or weapons or hats. i don't mind paying for extra maps and characters in expansions but when the paying has no end and it's a large part of the game, it's not super fun.

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            November 8, 2014 4:14 AM

            Well TF2 is great because you don't really have to buy to enjoy the game. Just get some hats if you so wish

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      November 7, 2014 12:26 PM

      I watched the gameplay video and I wasn't terrible impressed. Doesn't look to have a Blizzard gameplay feel to me.

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        November 7, 2014 12:29 PM

        I'm starting to see why Titan may have been cancelled

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        November 7, 2014 12:30 PM

        What were you expecting a Blizzard FPS to "feel" like? There's pretty much nothing before Overwatch to create any expectation from Blizzard.

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          November 7, 2014 12:47 PM

          It actually looks like Starcraft Ghost. In fact, it may have been developed by some members from that project like Swinging Ape and Nihilistic people.

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            November 7, 2014 12:57 PM

            I remember being hyped as fuck for Ghost, so... yay??

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              November 7, 2014 1:00 PM

              Ghost being cancelled was the worst tragedy of that generation, on par with the Hindenburg explosion and Jurassic Park Trespasser.

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                November 7, 2014 6:09 PM

                Trespasser was great :(

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        November 7, 2014 1:12 PM

        Doesn't look very good to me either. The graphics are actually really disappointing, and I feel like I've played this game a hundred times before.

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        November 7, 2014 1:28 PM

        Ya at no point did I have a 'must buy this' tingle in my pants, or even a 'must watch more videos' ache.

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      November 7, 2014 12:28 PM

      The video doesn't excite me at all and I'm really worried about microtransactions.

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      November 7, 2014 12:35 PM

      Sold, looks good. Grappling hook!

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        November 7, 2014 1:45 PM

        Grappling hooks are so 2010, it's all about jetpacks now!!!

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      November 7, 2014 12:52 PM

      seems fun, will try it for sure

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      November 7, 2014 12:53 PM

      That looks fucking awesome. Also, they should ma ke a movie based on that trailer... Totally got a Pixar vibe.

      Glad there is another TF type game coming out, seems like they have a lot of shout outs in there.

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      November 7, 2014 1:05 PM

      Will there be hats?

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      November 7, 2014 1:05 PM

      Woah.. looks great. The cinematic trailer was well done.

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      November 7, 2014 1:05 PM

      Really don't like the art direction and character designs. Looks like a children's movie.

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      November 7, 2014 1:16 PM

      It reminds me a lot of the Wildstar artists. Especially the motion of the characters.

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      November 7, 2014 1:21 PM

      Good way to salvage 5 years of Project Titan art assets

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        November 7, 2014 1:30 PM

        lol I bet your right

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        November 7, 2014 1:47 PM

        That's kind of what I was thinking, too.

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        November 7, 2014 3:18 PM

        Yeah the consensus around the 'net seems to be the this was the PvP portion of Titan and Blizzard is trying to recoup the development time and costs.

        Reading the character profiles reinforces this as there appears to be two main factions, Overwatch and Talon, and then some mercenary groups. It could have been a Horde vs. Alliance set up with mercenary players that could work for either side without having to permanently join that faction or other long term commitment.

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      November 7, 2014 1:27 PM

      http://us.battle.net/overwatch/en/heroes/reaper/

      You know that's just right up my alley!

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      November 7, 2014 1:35 PM

      Amazing trailer. Too bad the game looks completely uninteresting :(

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      November 7, 2014 1:38 PM

      F2P ugh. Fuck you Canadian Devil!

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      November 7, 2014 1:39 PM

      Demigod -> League of Legends. Monday Night Combat -> Overwatch.

      <sigh>

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      November 7, 2014 1:41 PM

      Looks like TF2 + Dishonored. Could be fun!

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      November 7, 2014 1:42 PM

      Well, that's pretty goofy.

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      November 7, 2014 1:47 PM

      Man, this looks super cool.

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      November 7, 2014 1:48 PM

      Looks fun but those voices... ugghh

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      November 7, 2014 1:49 PM

      all the female characters look the same. :( i seriously can't tell most of them apart except one is a medic.

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        November 7, 2014 1:54 PM

        Whenever my daughter plays a game, mostly RPGs, the first thing she checks is to see if a, she can play as a female, and b, if she can customize the character.

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        November 7, 2014 1:57 PM

        i would not be surprised if customization is part and parcel of the final game.

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          November 7, 2014 2:09 PM

          the silhouettes are probably set, though.

          there are all sorts of cool shapes and heights and builds for the other dudes.

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            November 7, 2014 2:22 PM

            yeah, all the women have the same "perfect 10" sexy-ass body. it's so weird to me how devs can spend so much time making a diversity of cool, interesting shapes for the dudes and when they get to the ladies (if they do at all) they can only imagine one body type.

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        November 7, 2014 3:24 PM

        At first I was like "great, differently from TF2 this one has females!"

        Until I realized they're all the same.

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        November 7, 2014 4:11 PM

        Well, there's Pharah, but she probably looks like a supermodel inside that suit, so =/

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      November 7, 2014 1:50 PM

      So, this is Titan with all the MMO stuff stripped out then?

      Reports after it was cancelled were that it was be an MMO chef or similar mundane profession by day, and then by night you'd become a hero fighting in TF2 style arena battles.

      I like that they appear to have unique, fun abilities.

      It kind of sucks that "objective based" almost universally means ctf or point capture nowadays. I'd love to see more people tackle the more complex type of objective play that we say in RTCW and the two Enemy Territory games.

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      November 7, 2014 1:51 PM

      I signed up for the beta. Hopefully I get in!

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      November 7, 2014 1:53 PM

      The cinematic trailer looked good... and I liked the security guard playing hearthstone.

      http://imgur.com/gallery/g3CqDH0

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      November 7, 2014 1:56 PM

      That looks like fun.

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      November 7, 2014 2:06 PM

      This looks... rad!

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      November 7, 2014 2:37 PM

      Looks fun!

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      November 7, 2014 2:38 PM

      This doesn't look too fun to me.

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      November 7, 2014 2:41 PM

      Shut up and take my money. All of it.

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      November 7, 2014 2:58 PM

      Balls, can't sign up for the beta because I can't get into my battlenet account. Apparently I added an authenticator at some point in the past but I no longer have that phone. I've opened a ticket.

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        November 7, 2014 3:24 PM

        Uh, can just remove the authenticator on the website by sending a SMS message or resetting your password or something like that.

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          November 8, 2014 5:55 AM

          Had to send them a photo of my passport.

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      November 7, 2014 3:03 PM

      Looking at the game play trailer I feel it looks like a bit mess, Its like watching a 10man Raid boss fight with shit loads of spells going of all at once and everything dying left and right.

      I do like the look of the game but with that many classes and F2P i have a feeling balance will be a big issue to handle.

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      November 7, 2014 3:10 PM

      My mind instantly went to Shackbattles and the great times this will provide

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      November 7, 2014 3:14 PM

      Will the Overwatch announcer voice be performed by Ellen McLain?

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      November 7, 2014 3:28 PM

      Totally interested.

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      November 7, 2014 3:32 PM

      Played 6 rounds today, it's super fun

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        November 7, 2014 4:01 PM

        What sort of gameplay modes are there?

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          November 7, 2014 6:03 PM

          The website had payload and capture points

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            November 7, 2014 6:11 PM

            Wow so innovative. GG blizz.

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      November 7, 2014 3:33 PM

      Is it just me or does it feel like there's too many characters? I might try this, though. Looks somewhat interesting and Tribes is pretty much dead now and there isn't really anything else to fill that void.

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        November 7, 2014 3:37 PM

        Two more than TF2

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        November 7, 2014 3:48 PM

        I think that just adds that much more variety. It'll allow players to find the right character that fits their play style.

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        November 7, 2014 9:42 PM

        The characters are so random. I love it.

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        November 7, 2014 10:28 PM

        TOO MANY COOKS
        TOO MAAANY COOOKS...

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        November 8, 2014 1:36 AM

        I watched the panel on it and it sold me a lot better than the stuff they showed in the opening ceremony. Lots of characters will work well for this game.

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          November 8, 2014 1:37 AM

          The most important fact to remember this is not a death match game. Yes you will shoot each other, but that's not how you win anything.

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      November 7, 2014 3:45 PM

      not sure I am liking the art style with this

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      November 7, 2014 5:58 PM

      Uhhh why is the gameplay video so terrible? Run in a straight line every single time, 3 KILLS!!!

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      November 7, 2014 6:04 PM

      Verrrrrrrrrrry slick production values but not sure if I'm feelin' a TF2 clone...

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      November 7, 2014 9:41 PM

      Cinematic Trailer
      http://youtu.be/FqnKB22pOC0

      Blizzard's cinematic trailers are the best. This one also is up there, but in a completely different style than before.

      Destiny + TF2 + Pixar + Beast Wars + Darksiders

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        November 7, 2014 10:31 PM

        Too quote the little kid "That was AWESOME!"

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        November 7, 2014 11:26 PM

        I think it might have a kickass theme song, but they never let it play...

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        November 8, 2014 2:08 AM

        Wow, that was so damn good!

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        November 8, 2014 4:34 AM

        That trailer rocked

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        November 8, 2014 6:02 AM

        It needs a full movie :( Too good

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      November 8, 2014 2:02 AM

      Game looks super fun but that cinematic trailer was so Blizzard and so dumb.

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      November 8, 2014 2:34 AM

      Who are the three characters on the left of the roster?
      http://bnetus-a.akamaihd.net/overwatch/static/media/wallpaper/lineup-wide.1z8E7.jpg

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        November 8, 2014 3:11 AM

        Twisted Fate from League of Legends
        Ninja from Metal Gear Solid
        Fat Psycho from Borderlands 2

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      November 8, 2014 4:06 AM

      this makes me super giddy. I feel like a little kid inside watching the gameplay trailer, and I haven't felt that way, funnily enough, since the announcement of TF2.

      I really really want to play this.