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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Rywen_Erendani

I love how that is Lucian from LoL but now LuciO, wow Originality 101

Lucian is also black as Lúcio is.

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Godlikan

Same looking guy Lucian from LoL

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awedbyacumen

Oh oh - big thing's coming!

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esqueejy

Looks interesting and fun and all that, but I can't help thinking we all know how this is going to work: from day 1, it will be completely and utterly overrun with cheaters ruining it for everyone.

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Die_Bahn

@esqueejy: Is there a history of rampant cheating when a new FPS is released?

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xolivierx

kinda looks like the music guy from One Piece

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acerock980

Isn't heroes of the storm sort of new?

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jcharp

@acerock980: yea, Heroes of the Storm was officially released in early June I think, so it's pretty new. This character is for Overwatch though, which hasn't been released yet.

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This_Bro_Knows

@jcharp: Not to mention Hearthstone.

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acerock980

@jcharp: oh I know that but at the end of the article they say overwatch is blizzard newest ip in 17 years but clearly hots just recently came out

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jcharp

@acerock980: Ah, I see. I think they don't consider it a new IP since it's an amalgamation of characters and settings from existing properties, whereas Overwatch is entirely new. You're probably right though. Heroes of the Storm is a new franchise even though it uses elements of other games. I guess it depends on your point of view.

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acerock980

@jcharp: Yea that is what my train of thought was as well since they had not released a moba up to that point. Whereas overwatch is something they haven't ever done as far as fps games are concerned to my knowledge at least.