Overwatch Revealed At Blizzcon: Watch The Gameplay Trailer And Animated Short For Blizzard's Team Fortress 2 Style Shooter Here

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Nov 07, 2014 05:53 PM EST
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Blizzard unveiled an entirely new IP today at Blizzcon in impressive fashion, revealing both a lengthy animated feature and gameplay footage to debut Overwatch.

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It seems the game was based on the failed MMO Titan, which was reportedly cancelled earlier this year. The assets were stripped down and turned into the very different Overwatch, Kotaku confirms, which looks to be a Team Fortress 2 style shooter.

The first trailer below is the cinematic video, which doesn't show gameplay, but an animated short setting up the universe. It's drawn some Pixar comparisons (despite not actually looking much like most Pixar films), but is entertaining and refreshing regardless of how closely it resembles the gameplay.

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The second video is a lengthy gameplay video, which tells us a lot more about the game itself. Fortunately for Overwatch, the general idea behind the cinematic trailer and the gameplay aren't that far off, even if the visuals obviously can't be replicated. The classes all look different and serve a specific purpose. There are many skills for damaging enemies and supporting the team, with obvious Team Fortress 2 similarities that I don't think Overwatch will be able to shake (even if playing the game reveals the two to play very differently).

"Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment in a press release. "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."

Beta will begin next year, and you can sign up now on the official website.

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