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Overwatch

Animated short apes Pixar’s style with added MOBA overtones.

Blizzard are king of the hill when it comes to character design – they’ve been doing it successfully for decades, from World of Warcraft through Starcraft, and now with their latest offering, Overwatch, their skills are being shown on a whole new level.

In preparation for the game’s launch on May 24th, and an open beta from May 5th – 9th, Blizzard are releasing a series of animated shorts to introduce the key characters, beginning with Winston, in “Recall”;

A genetically engineered gorilla and brilliant scientist who longs for the days of heroism to return. In this episode, we explore Winston’s thoughts and memories as he wrestles with the decision to recall the agents of Overwatch, all while the forces of Talon stage an attack on his laboratory in the abandoned Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Almost Pixar-esque, isn’t it?

The colourful and accessible design, coupled with the playful (rather than violent) world, and massive array of playstyles and characters means that there’s likely something for everyone in Overwatch, if you’re a fan of MOBA-inspired FPS games (of which there’s quite a few on the horizon).

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