Overwatch is the latest game to come from Blizzard and it has taken the world by storm. It reached a colossal 10 million active users after a month of full release and by the 4th of August 2016 it had reached 15 million sales for all platforms.
OverWatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter that is set in a near-future earth with a cartoon twist. The Game was first announced at Blizzcon in 2014 and a closed beta was run through late 2015 too early 2016. There was an open beta launched in May which brought in a huge total of 9.7 million players. The game was fully released soon after the open beta on the 24th May 2016.
The game is loosely based on the previously successful game team fortress 2. The similarities range from the cartoon based design throughout the game to the objective based game modes.
Overwatch Is also one of the few games out there that doesn’t have a single player mode, so unfortunately, that means there’s no campaign to cover your internet downtimes.
Currently, you can choose from 22 heroes to play as in-game and they all have their own specialties. The Heroes are split into 4 main groups which are:
Each of the groups provides different aspects to the team, all of which are needed to have a successful team. If the current characters leave you feeling as if the game is still missing something I wouldn’t hold your breath. Blizzard is actively working on new Heroes to be available in the game. IGN speaks on how the developers like to tease with in-game hints as to who is coming next. You can see from their article here that there are hints to the next Hero being Sambra. There is also word that the release of said character will be when this website that seems directly linked to Sambra hits 100% (amomentincrime.com).
Along with all those heroes, there are also 15 maps in total to choose from which includes a practice range and a seasonal map. The maps are specific for the different game types so they have a very purposeful feel to them. New maps are also being released alongside new Heroes so I would keep an eye out for some new maps in the not too distant future.
There are 4 main game types in Overwatch and they are:
Since Overwatch was released in May it has had nothing but praise. Critics from all around have praised the game for its accessibility and enjoyable gameplay. It was given a 9 out of 10 from IGN and Gamespot and an 88 out of 100 by PC Gamer.
When Overwatch was first being created the developers said that they weren’t leading towards eSports because they mentioned “it’s dangerous to be overly committed to eSport too early in the lifespan of the game”, We already know that blizzard is no noob when it comes to eSports, so the choice to not dedicate any development to eSports in the beginning is a wise one they have no doubt learnt through experience.
Despite there not being any eSports planned for the game ESL hosted the first international Overwatch competition in August 2016 and the finals were held at Gamescom. There was a grand prize of $300,000 for the winner.
Overwatch is available on Xbox one, PS4 and PC.
If you are planning on running it on PC you the minimum spec requirements are as follows:
Operating System: Windows 7 or above
Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
Memory: 4GB RAM
Storage: 30 GB available hard drive space
Resolution: 1024 x 768
See full system requirements including recommended requirements here
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