Overwatch Unveiled
The Overwatch site is now online, so you can read about all of the heroes and watch some gameplay. You can talk about Overwatch in its new forum!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Story
  • The game is set on Earth, 60 years in the future
  • Robots became very common in the future and they went crazy, attacking cities all over the world. The war that resulted against the robots was the Omnic (?) Crisis.
  • The strike team that took on the robots was Overwatch.
  • For the next 30 years after the war, Overwatch was a worldwide agency that displayed how great people could be when they came together, representing heroism and sacrifice.
  • In the last few years, Overwatch started to fall apart.

Gameplay
  • Chris Metzen is only doing one voice in this game.
  • Blizzard has been making competitive PvP games for a long time and this will be yet another.
  • Overwatch will have some dark gritty areas, but it will mostly be a world you will want to come back to.
  • The game is all about heroes.
  • The game will be accessible with non-twitch options.
  • You can do things other than put a crosshair over targets, as that is what drives people away from other shooters.
  • The game is less-lethal. You will die, but you should die less frequently than in current modern military shooters. With more time alive, you are able to do more interesting things and interact with your team more.
  • The teams are going to be 6v6, which is just big enough to make it fun.
  • There are Payload and Capture Point maps, no deathmatch mode.
  • The game is focused on Heroes, not classes. Each hero has a unique story.
  • There are 12 playable characters at Blizzcon, with many more to come.
  • Tracer has a ~10 meter teleport / blink that uses energy. Enough energy to do 3 blinks in a row.
  • Tracer has Recall, which puts her back where she was 3 seconds ago. This also includes health, ammo, and energy.
  • Lots of the story is going to take place outside of the game, unlike previous Blizzard games.
  • Regenerate ult by doing and taking damage.

Hero Roles
  • Offense - Scout, harass, press the objective, high damage. (Pharah, Reaper, Tracer, Hanzo)
  • Defense - Guard locations, create choke points, establish a front. (Widowmaker, Bastion, Torbjorn)
  • Tank - Protectors, high survivability, disruption, lead the charge, have armor to reduce damage. (Reinhardt, Winston)
  • Support - Heal, buff, utility. (Zenyatta, Mercy, Symmetra)

Maps and Game Modes
  • Exotic worldwide locations
  • Simple objectives
  • Encourage hero mobility
  • Team focus encounters
  • Temple of Anubis - At the base of a technological pyramid.
  • Hanamura - Temple grounds, homeland of Hanzo.
  • King's Row - 30 years ago there was a population of robots that lived below the streets. People were going to send an EMP underground to destroy them.
  • You can change to another hero every time you die.

Q&A
  • They aren't talking about the cost yet, so no idea if it will be free to play, a one time purchase, or something else.
  • There are elements of Titan in Overwatch, both were Earth based, there were some shared ideas, but it is different from Titan.
  • There is no customization to the gameplay. Initially there was a robust customization system, but there are too many heroes to keep track of all of the customization that can be done. Customization works in Heroes of the Storm because it is a slower paced game.
  • Overwatch will be on PC, consoles are something they can look at in the future.
  • It is too early to talk about system requirements, but they should be reasonable, just like other Blizzard games.
  • The game will be balanced so that two of a hero on a team will be okay, but more than that will likely put you at a disadvantage.
  • They aren't ready to talk about skins, leveling, or achievement systems yet, but they are all good ideas.
  • There is party chat and team chat, with party chat being your group that you queued with. The team is also working on VO and chat communication.
  • There will be some kind of long term progression in the game.
  • The team is looking at outside Voice Chat options, as players prefer that over in game chat usually.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Overwatch Unveiled started by chaud View original post
Comments 113 Comments
  1. riptal's Avatar
    Group with 5 randoms or friends beat the other team and restart again. Is that the future of gaming?
  1. Theendgamelv3's Avatar
    I loved that trailer. I swear, Blizzard in a perfect world would also have a movie division. I want a movie of Overwatch than a game.
  1. Alwek's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alteron View Post
    Love how anything remotely cartoony has to immediately be called anime

    EVERYTHING MUST BE DARK, BLOODY AND BROODY, BAWWW. Maybe, just maybe give it a shot before passing judgment based on an unfinished first impression.
    Hearthstone, never forget.

    Everyone hated it, but when it was out everyone loved it.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by riptal View Post
    Group with 5 randoms or friends beat the other team and restart again. Is that the future of gaming?
    Better than Pong if you ask me.
  1. mmoc10bda09cc4's Avatar
    Looks really fun

    Can't wait
  1. thebdc's Avatar
    But will it have a hat shop?
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    wtf do they mean by Non-Twitch option? Are they saying that you won't be able to stream Titan.. erm I mean Overwatch?
  1. markdall's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Njorn View Post
    A. God. Damn. Gorilla.

    Pure epic
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph.../GeniusBruiser
  1. Twilight Cultist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nathiest View Post
    wtf do they mean by Non-Twitch option? Are they saying that you won't be able to stream Titan.. erm I mean Overwatch?
    No, it just means all the champions aren't just about shooting other people.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    I wonder what the bussiness model will be.
  1. plaits's Avatar
    This game isn't one for me, I don't like first person perspective, I don't like shooters, I don't like forced teaming.

    But that doesn't mean the game is "trash", or terrible, or going to fail. It means I - merely one of 7 billion people in the world - won't play it. Blizzard won't care. And that's fine. Why on earth do people seem to expect to play EVERY Blizzard game? Why should every game appeal to every person?

    And honestly the "it's for kids" thing used as a criticism makes NO sense. Kids are humans too - humans who will one day be adults... can't fault Blizzard for doing what they can to bring a new generation on board. Kids these days aren't too interested in RTS and MMORPG, and Blizzard is a company not a public service - they have to do whatever it takes to chase the money or they'll have no future. Maybe if this doesn't appeal as it's too kiddy, just shake it off and accept you're a grown ass adult and there are upcoming generations that are in a lot of ways more appealing to game makers right now.
  1. Spotnick's Avatar
    So basically they transformed Titan into a FPS game.
  1. Magemaer's Avatar
    This is looking pretty awesome.
  1. Sixp's Avatar
    Which platforms?
  1. Twilight Cultist's Avatar
    They are talking about wanting to do their story telling outside of the game (similar to the cinematic trailer).
  1. Bridius's Avatar
    Game looks amazing. I've played Unreal Tournament, Halo, Counterstrike, loved them all. I never liked TF2 cause of the style and the world and the excessive jokes. But THIS looks like something I will enjoy. It's like warcraft, starcraft, unreal tournament, all combined into one game. Blizzard got me again.
  1. Tomana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by riptal View Post
    Group with 5 randoms or friends beat the other team and restart again. Is that the future of gaming?
    Yes, welcome to the wonderful world of MOBAs/shooters and instant gratification. That is what most customers want, as sad as it may be.
  1. mmoc058bdfc1cf's Avatar
    This is a funny looking MMO.


    What...site am I on again?

    Blizzard's personal advertising space.com huh :P

    Back on point, not my thing, but hope others will enjoy it.
  1. Barendon's Avatar
    People gonna whine about everything, it seems, no matter what blizz does. The game looks interesting, the trailer was amazingly animated and executed. Will see how it rolls out
  1. TheWindWalker's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Lots of the story is going to take place outside of the game, unlike previous Blizzard games.
    WoW says what? *laughtrack*

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