Overwatch is a game that has me a little conflicted. It has been exciting fans from its initial trailer last year, which gave rise to an entire truckload of hype from Team NG, much to my confusion.Now, I understand why Blizzard are a company that people like, but until Diablo III I was completely unsold by every offering. They seem like a group of developers that have managed to to throw a paint factory at a collection of game models that caters solely for the L33T G4M3R5 and elitist shut-ins.
Today they announced that in keeping with the current AAA trend their new IP Overwatch will be getting an open beta. The beta will run between May 5-9th across all platforms,with people who preorder by April 29th getting it 2 days earlier. They’ll also get to invite a friend, too. The game will not be cross compatible due to the keyboard/mouse advantage, however, which comes as a disappointment to many fans who had held out hope of an overarching experience online.
Many people are understandably excited about a new Blizzard IP, but I’m still unconvinced. The world of FPS is a tricky beast to innovate (unless you’re Superhot, it seems) so the question really is how will Blizzard make Overwatch stand out. Perhaps this beta is a step in that direction.
Blizzard have stated that they want players to feel “the complete experience” when playing the beta and will be making the entire 21 character roster available for that time, as well as all starting maps. The game will allegedly not be free to play, and won’t work on a fremium model. While this is purely speculation, I wouldn’t imagine for a second that there won’t be DLC and extra character costumes.
Overwatch releases on May 24th, with a full price tag nationwide. Check out the video below for the full announcement.
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