So, Blizzard just announced a new game. It’s called Overwatch, and it’s a kind of superhero-themed Team Fortress 2. It was described at BlizzCon as “a team-based, multiplayer shooter that is completely action-packed” that will be “very approachable,” keeping in line with their inclusive philosophy regarding MMORPGs, MOBAs, and CCGs.
Set “In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world.” This motley group of warriors includes such outlandish characters as a slinky sniper, a Nordic engineer who looks and sounds like a dwarf, an angelic healer, and a giant ape. Each has his or her own role — offense, defense, tank, or support — and they do battle around a number of stylized locations, including the streets of London and the shadow of the pyramids in Egypt. The only two modes announced so far are point capture and payload.
So yeah, it all sounds like “Blizzard’s Team Fortress 2,” which isn’t that surprising, seeing as how other games, like Loadout and BattleCry have also jumped on the cartoonish team-based shooter arena. Those games are all free-to-play, so Overwatch will be too… right?
See, the thing is, we can’t find any official word of that. It wasn’t mentioned at BlizzCon and it’s not in the official press release. Still, we’re reporting on it here, in advance of more solid information. We’ll hold off on any more writing until we’re sure, but that raises a question for all of you: Would you be more or less interested in the game if it wasn’t free-to-play? Would you try it out anyway? Or does it have to be F2P for you to give it a serious shot?
(Editor’s Note: Blizzard states that they aren’t sure if a one time purchase or F2P is the way to go yet. Which do you think?)