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PAX East - Overwatch - New Heroes, Map - Beta Fall 2015

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Blizzard announced two new Heroes, a new map, and committed to a fall 2015 beta for Overwatch at PAX East this morning.

 

The two new Heroes being introduced are:

 

McCree - a gunslinging cowboy character with a powerful six-shooter. His belt says it all - he's a BAMF. His powerful ultimate ability allows him to hone in on any targets in his field of view, killing all of them that he can focus on instantly with a deadly multi-shot attack.

 

Zarya - a woman who wanted to be a professional weightlifter, but put aside her personal goals to take up a particle cannon in defense of humanity. Jeff Kaplan spoke at some length about the importance of bringing more variety in characterization, particularly in body type, to their games, and Zarya is a significant step for them in that regard.

 

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The two new playable Heroes and the new map announced at PAX East today.

 

The new map is a Payload map called Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and starts to introduce some of the story of the Overwatch universe. Winston's laboratory and other content on the map help share some of the details of why Overwatch was shut down, how it's attempting to reform, etc.

 

A formal commitment to a fall 2015 beta was also announced, with beta signups continuing to be accepted. You can sign up to participate in the beta test on the Overwatch website.

 

The playable demo available at PAX East included the new content announced today, and both characters felt relevant and meaningfully different from existing player archetype options. It runs very smoothly, and the move into a beta later this year doesn't seem unrealistic at all.

 

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Zarya image from the PAX press kit.

 

Did you try Overwatch at BlizzCon or PAX? Thoughts on today's announcements? Let us know!

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