Blizzard Reveals Overwatch’s New Music-Themed Character

Drop the bass.

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Blizzard has unveiled a new character for its upcoming class-based shooter, Overwatch. His name is Lucio, and he's is a rhythm-themed character whose attacks are related to music.

Although the developer didn't share many details about the character, it's still possible to gather some details from the screenshots and video showing him off. He carries a weapon shaped like a speaker called the Sonic Amplifier, which shoots bursts of energy at enemies. It has two firing modes; the first is a four-round burst, and the second is a massive knock-back round. He also skates around on rollerblades, letting him jump and move on walls.

Lucio can also perform an area-of-effect attack, during which he yells "Let's drop the bass." It gives teammates a shield to greatly increase their survivability. Lucio can also heal and increase speed for his teammates.

You can see the character's trailer and a gallery of images below.

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Lucio was first teased last week, when Blizzard published a blog post advertising for a new musical artist. In the post, Lucio poses as an electronic music producer who is revealing the first two songs from his upcoming album, called Synaesthesia Auditiva. You can listen to those tracks here.

Blizzard also announced two new maps, Volskaya Industries and Numbani. Volskaya Industries is a large building featuring offices and a giant mech factory. Static defenses such as turrets can be put on moving platforms around the map.

Numbani, on the other hand, is more urban, featuring open streets, small interior spaces, and futuristic skylines. Its first objective involves capturing a certain payload of items. If you succeed in capturing it, you'll have to then escort the cache through the map. These two maps were also teased recently in Blizzard's Twitter posts.

You can see the video and galleries of the maps below.

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It's still unknown when Overwatch is coming out, but it will have a beta test this fall. It's being made for the PC, and it's the first new Blizzard IP in 17 years. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news coming out of Gamescom this week, and for more about Overwatch in the coming months.

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