Overwatch Steals the Show at Blizzcon
Blizzcon hardly disappoints and this year’s event was no different. While Warlords of Draenor is right around the corner its upcoming release paled in comparison to the nerdgasm bomb that Blizzard announced on Friday called Overwatch. Overwatch represents a new IP for the company and Blizzard’s first team-based shooter ever. And the crowd goes wild! Believe me this is an understatement to the reaction at Blizzcon 2014. Say what you will about Blizzard, but they always make games that are polished, addicting, and fun. I have yet to come across a Blizzard game that I could put down easily and wasn’t on my mind at some point during the day. No company is without flaws however, but making great games is not one of Blizzard’s.
Just the announcement that Blizzard is creating a new title under their banner should be enough for celebration, but the beta was available at the convention and open to the public to try for the first time as well. In 2015 the beta will be released to the public as well and sign-ups for the beta have already begun. Included with the game’s announcement was a full Pixar-like trailer introducing the characters and showcasing their unique abilities. As far as introduction’s go this trailer is one of the best I have ever seen. The character design was incredible and each characters had its own personality and characteristics that it was hard not to pick a toon based on charisma alone. The trailer was so well done I would really be surprised if Blizzard wasn’t thinking about doing a full length animated feature based on Overwatch in the future. Even though with the amount of trouble the World of Warcraft live action movie has been having over the years it is doubtful this will become a reality. It’s good to have dreams though.
Besides the trailers and the beta announcement there is very little else released at this time concerning a prospective release date. Blizzard simply implied that it will be released when it is done. Diablo 3 had three Blizzcon appearances before its eventual release so expect to see Blizzard build up the hype for Overwatch at least for another year. What we do know is the game contains 12 playable characters at this point each with their own set of abilities. The game plays a lot like Team Fortress 2 and players familiar with that series will feel right at home. With World of Warcraft now ten years old Blizzard is now trying to diversify their library of games and branch into other popular PC gaming genres. With Heroes of the Storm and now Overwatch on the horizon Battle.net is no longer the three man show that it once was and gamers worldwide will be dusting off their authenticators to log back in once again.