Overwatch – Need to Know

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GameInfo: Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on earth in the near future. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.

Gameplay: Overwatch features squad-based combat with two opposing teams of six players each. Players choose one of several hero characters, each with their own unique abilities and role classes. The four character roles include: offense characters with high speed and attack but low defense, defense characters meant to form choke points for enemies, support characters that provide buffs and debuffs for their allies and enemies respectively (such as healing or speed alterations), and tank characters that have a large amount of armor and hit points to withstand enemy attacks and draw fire away from teammates. Players can switch between characters in-game following deaths or by returning to their home base, which is encouraged by the game’s overall design. The game’s maps are inspired by real-world locations; the first three maps unveiled (“King’s Row”, “Hanamura”, “Temple of Anubis”) are inspired by London, Japan, and the ruins of Ancient Egypt, respectively.

Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment


Jeff Kaplan
Aaron Keller


Jeremy Craig
Michael Elliott
Scott Mercer


Bill Petras
Arnold Tsang

Composer(s) Neal Acree

Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One

Release date(s)

WW May 24, 2016

Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Official web site: http://battle.net/overwatch

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