When was the last time that Blizzard developed a title based on purely FPS flavor??? Most of you have guessed already. They did not. We know Blizzard for creating marvelous characters battling in ground-breaking fantasy worlds or alien races taking on each other in galaxies far far away. Real Time Strategies aka RTS and Massively Multiplayer Online Roll Playing Games aka MMORPG have become more of a staple for the American Video Game developer and Publisher enterprise which bore several names in its lifetime. Founded as Silicon & Synapse in 1991, the company later became Chaos Studio and finally on 1994, Blizzard Entertainment Inc as we know it today.
First announced during the BlizzCon Event 2014, Overwatch features a role based Multiplayer Co-Op First Person Shooter experience with avatars having unique roles & abilities. This can be compared with standard Multiplayer Online Battle Arena aka MOBA concepts. Players will enjoy the liberty to choose from one of the Offense, Defense, Tank or Support roles in order to form two opposing teams. Initially, the game will incorporate two standard game modes like standard point capture and payload. Official announcement says primary arenas (King’s Row, Hanamura and Temple of Anubis) are inspired by real world and historical locations, adding some extra icing on the cake.
Those of you who are deep-dyed fans of Terminator series would find the plot rather familiar. So called battle between the mankind and machines, yes of course machines created by mankind itself. Only this time the long standing period of battles have been named as Omnic Crisis pushing humanity under the threats from robots created by the organization called Omnic. The mighty peacekeeping force, Overwatch, was formed only to be disbanded after years of service over suspicions caused by alleged criminal activities. You can find more in the Official Cinematic Trailer released on November 7, 2014.
Having a standard team Deathmatch mode is considered to be the feature of multiplayer shooters but Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment Inc will not agree as far as Overwatch is concerned. Keeping the long heritage of multiplayer games in mind, Blizzard is working to develop real teamwork and cooperation rather than building a blood thirsty combat arena. The game itself is now in closed-beta stage and the fact that came as a moment of shock to many of us is, there won’t be a campaign mode for starters. One sneak peek of the gameplay features is readily available for you though.
The final verdict will be reserved for the end gamers as always when it will be released, supposedly by Q1/Q2 of 2016. For those of you whose fingers are itching already, you can of course run for a Pre-Purchase at Battle.net to enjoy some special rewards. We’ll go for it. What about you!!!