Pre-beta footage with commentary teaser


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Just a taste of what we could expect once the game is out and open to the public. Commentary made by Sinvicta.

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Top 5 Overwatch Heroes [Aug 2015]


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TGN got to play Overwatch at Blizzard HQ and 5 Overwatch Heroes stood out. Here are the Top 5 Overwatch Heroes as determined by Overwatch Supreme Lord Awall. Got questions about Overwatch? Post them in the comment section and we’ll be sure to answer as many as possible.

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Overwatch: Where Will it Go?


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Overwatch is trying to break the mold of what a competitive shooter is meant to be. Will it succeed?

Within modern eSports, there are four major genres that most titles fall under: MOBAs, RTSes, fighting games, and shooters. Of those four genres, shooters are arguably the most consistent titles of the bunch. Call of Duty and Counter-Strike rule the eSports side of shooters, and while titles games are undeniably fun, engaging, and exciting, the concept of what makes a competitive shooter has become streamlined.

Cue Overwatch. A team-based shooter at heart, it busts open the mold of what eSports shooters have become and fills it with entirely new ways to play. Boasting a roster of sixteen heroes that is sure to continue expanding, Overwatch is an FPS that rewards creativity and cooperation – and it might be just the thing to turn the genre on its ear.

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30 minutes Overwatch at Gamescom


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Join Blizzard at Gamescom 2015 via our live-streamed show, broadcast direct from the Blizzard booth! Exclusive content and developer interviews for both Overwatch and Legacy of the Void.

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Lúcio Brings Music to Life with Synaesthesia World Tour


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Lúcio, an acclaimed musical artist who’s built his career doing live shows, has already become something of a national icon in his home country of Brazil. Now he’s poised to win an international following with his Synaesthesia world tour.

“My heart beats for Brazil,” Lúcio told Atlas News. “I get inspired by the people here. Their struggles. Their triumphs. I want to share that energy—the energy of their lives—with the rest of the world.”

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Lúcio is touring to promote his debut album, Synaesthesia Auditiva. He has labored over this work for two years, and from what we’ve heard so far, it shows. Last week, he teased fans across the globe by releasing two scintillating tracks from Synaesthesia. These previews have already skyrocketed to the top of the charts, surpassing his breakout single from last year, “Sonhos Ômnicos.”

If you haven’t listened to them yet, have no fear: we’ve linked both songs below.

 

SynaesthesiabSynaesthesia’s positive early reception has delighted Lúcio, but he’s even more interested in what people will think of his tour. “I’ve spent two years working on new technology for the show. It’ll bring the music to life. You’re going to do more than just listen to it,” Lúcio said. “You’re going to feel it. See it.”

The Synaesthesia world tour begins next Wednesday in Cologne, Germany. The opening show has already sold out, but Lúcio has said that a holostream service will be offered to simulate the experience for viewers at home.

Synaesthesia Auditiva Track List

  1.     Bem-vindos à Society 2.0 (Viemos para ficar)
  2.     HELIOTROPICS
  3.     Hard Light, Hard Time
  4.     Rejuvenescência
  5.     Sonhos Ômnicos (Extended Mix)
  6.     Maximum Tempo
  7.     The Millennium Anxiety
  8.     Quebrando a Barreira do Som (Drop the Beat)
  9.     Robot After All
  10.     We Move Together As One
  11.     Synaesthesia Auditiva

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Closer Look: Zenyatta


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Real Name: Tekhartha Zenyatta, Age: 20, Occupation: Wandering Guru, Adventurer, Base of Operations: Shambali Monastery, Nepal (formerly), Affiliation: The Shambali (formerly), Role: Support.

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“True self is without form.”

side_support_zenyatta_classZenyatta is an omnic monk who wanders the world in search of spiritual enlightenment. It is said that those who cross his path are never the same again.

Years ago, following the Omnic Crisis, a group of outcast omnic robots experienced what they described as a spiritual awakening. They abandoned their preprogrammed lives to establish a communal monastery deep in the Himalayas. After many years of meditation on the nature of existence, they came to the belief that they were more than artificial intelligences and that, like humans, they possessed the essence of a soul.

Recognizing the spiritual equality they held with humans, the monks, led by the enigmatic robot known as Tekhartha Mondatta, sought to heal the wounds caused by the Omnic Crisis a generation earlier and bring humans and robots back into societal harmony. Their message was embraced by millions around the world, and they became global celebrities.

But one monk, Zenyatta, disagreed with this new direction. He believed that the way to repair the problems between humans and omnics was not through dogmatic teaching but through interpersonal connection and engagement.

Ultimately, Zenyatta followed his own path. He chose to leave the monastery and wander the world, helping those he meets to overcome their personal struggles and find inner peace. But, when necessary, he will fight to protect the innocent, be they omnic or human.

Video: LowkoTV: Overview and Introduction  | Awall with Zenyatta and the role of Support | Character Analys

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Closer Look: Soldier: 76


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Real Name: Unknown, Age: Unknown, Occupation: Vigilante, Base of Operations: Unknown, Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly) Role: Offense.

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“We’re all soldiers now.”

side_offense_soldier76_classCurrently the target of an international manhunt, the vigilante known as Soldier: 76 wages a personal war to expose the truth behind Overwatch’s collapse.

Soldier: 76 revealed himself in a string of attacks that crisscrossed the globe, targeting financial institutions, shadowy corporations, and secure Overwatch facilities. Though to the outside world his motives are inscrutable, there are those who claim that he is a former Overwatch agent, determined to shed light on the conspiracy that brought down the organization.

While his true identity remains a mystery, he is believed to have been trained as a member of the American “soldier enhancement program.” He possesses physical capabilities exceeding those of a conventional soldier’s, as well as other augmentations that make him a peerless combatant. In addition, he utilizes a cutting-edge arsenal, much of it stolen in raids on Overwatch installations.

Unrelenting in his search to find those responsible for Overwatch’s fall, Soldier: 76 will stop at nothing to bring them to justice.

Video: Sizzle Trailer  | Curse: Overview | Character Analys

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Closer Look: Mercy


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Real Name: Angela Ziegler, Age: 34, Occupation: Field Medic, First Responder, Base of Operations: Zürich, Switzerland, Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly), Role: Support.

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“Heroes never die.”

side_support_mercy_classA guardian angel to those who come under her care, Dr. Angela Ziegler is a peerless healer, a brilliant scientist, and a staunch advocate for peace.

Ziegler rose to become the head of surgery at a prominent Swiss hospital before pioneering a breakthrough in the field of applied nanobiology that radically improved the treatment of life-threatening illnesses and injuries. It was this expertise that attracted the attention of Overwatch.

Because her parents had been taken by war, Ziegler was opposed to the organization’s militaristic approach to keeping global peace. Ultimately, she recognized that Overwatch offered her the opportunity to save lives on a much larger scale. As Overwatch’s head of medical research, Angela sought to leverage her work for healing in frontline crises. The result was the Valkyrie swift-response suit, which Ziegler herself piloted on many Overwatch missions.

Despite her contributions to Overwatch, she was often at odds with her superiors and the organization’s overarching aims. When Overwatch dissolved, Ziegler dedicated herself to helping those affected by war.

Though she spends most of her time caring for the broken and dispossessed in crisis areas around the world, Dr. Ziegler can be counted on to don her Valkyrie suit whenever innocents are imperiled.

Video: Full Match (Pre Beta)  | Awall with Mercy and the role of Support | Character Analys

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Closer Look: Torbjörn [Torbjorn]


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Real Name: Torbjörn Lindholm, Age: 57, Occupation: Weapons Designer, Base of Operations: Gothenburg, Sweden, Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly),  Role: Defense.

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“Build ‘em up, break ‘em down.”

side_defense_torbjorn_classAt its height, Overwatch possessed one of the most advanced armaments on the planet, which could be traced to the workshop of an ingenious engineer named Torbjörn Lindholm.

Before the Omnic Crisis, Torbjörn had gained notoriety for designing weapons systems used by countries around the world. However, his belief that technology must serve a better vision for humanity put him at odds with his employers, who desired to control his weapons using networked computer intelligence.

Torbjörn had a deep mistrust of sentient robotic intelligence, and while many of his peers wrote this off as paranoia, his worst fears were realized when the robot populations of the world turned against their human creators during the Omnic Crisis. Because of his engineering genius, he was recruited to join the original Overwatch strike team, and his many inventions proved integral to ending the crisis. In the years that followed, Overwatch became an international peacekeeping force, and Torbjörn remained a critical resource for all of its technological needs and signature weapons systems.

But in the aftermath of Overwatch’s fall, many of Torbjörn’s weapons were stolen or stashed away around the world. Feeling responsible for his creations, Torbjörn is determined to stop them from falling into the wrong hands and wreaking havoc on the innocent.

Video: Hero Spotlight  | Gamescom Defense Role Overview | Character Analys

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Closer Look: Symmetra


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Real Name: Satya Vaswani, Age: 28, Occupation: Architech, Base of Operations: Utopaea, India, Affiliation: Vishkar Corporation, Role: Support.

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“The true enemy of humanity is disorder.”

side_support_symmetra_classSymmetra literally bends reality. By manipulating hard-light constructs, she crafts the world as she wishes it to be, in hopes of engineering a perfect society.

Following the Omnic Crisis, the Vishkar Corporation of southern India began the laborious process of creating new, self-sustaining cities to house the nation’s displaced population. One such city, Utopaea, was created using radical hard-light technology that enabled its architechs to shape the city’s streets, utilities, and living spaces in the blink of an eye.

After she was identified as one of the few capable of becoming a light-bending architech, young Satya Vaswani was plucked from extreme poverty and placed in the care of Vishkar’s architech academy, never to return home. Isolated and lonely in her new life, Satya immersed herself in her education and training. She quickly grasped the applications of the technology and was one of the top students in her class. Satya approached hard-light manipulation differently than her peers, with their more procedural, mechanical constructions, instead weaving her constructs in the motions of the traditional dance of her homeland.

Though she was one of Utopaea’s top architechs, the Vishkar Corporation saw far greater potential in Satya’s abilities. Giving her the moniker “Symmetra,” Vishkar sent her on clandestine missions around the world to uphold its corporate interests and expand its influence into other countries.

Symmetra believes her actions serve the greater good in society. But there are times when she wonders whether the control and order she desires are truly best for humanity.

Video: Gameplay & Abilities  | Symmetra Cosplay  Making of | Character Analys

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