New Overwatch Characters Revealed, Beta Starts This Fall

New maps, characters, and more revealed at PAX East.

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BOSTON--Today at PAX East, Blizzard Entertainment announced new details for its upcoming multiplayer shooter Overwatch, the Warcraft developer's first new franchise in 17 years.

First, Blizzard announced two new characters, the first of which is McCree, who wears a belt that says "BAMF." He's the "ultimate futuristic gunslinger," the developer explained.

McCree wields a peacekeep revolver that is deadly at short range and is also capable of sniping enemies from afar. His super-ability, meanwhile, is called "Deadeye." This allows McCree to target multiple enemies simultaneously, killing them all--when locked on--with a single shot.

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The other new Overwatch character announced today was Zarya, the game's first female tank character. According to Blizzard, Zarya originally wanted to be a weightlifting champion, but she later enlisted in battle to fight for the freedom of her world.

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Blizzard explained that the developer has heard for a long time from fans that they want to see more diversity in games, spanning body-type, race, gender, and more. Zarya is a response to that feedback. "We're listening and we're trying hard," Blizzard said.

Zarya's primary weapon is a particle cannon, while her super-ability is the "Graviton Surge," which sucks enemies into a gravity well.

Finally, Blizzard today revealed a new Overwatch map called Watchpoint: Gibraltar and announced that the game's beta will begin this fall.

Overwatch, featuring the newly confirmed characters and map, is playable at PAX East all weekend long.

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Hng, why do I find Zarya so attractive :O

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Chick is freaky....

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Uh, she's pretty much Mother Russia from Kickass 2, why are people so annoyed? It's no more ridiculous than a Buddhist robot.

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Give a female character big muscles and the user base on GS freaks out in insecurity.


Meanwhile I notice how awesome the cowboy character is and his seemingly OP skills :)

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DAT BOOB ARMOUR THOUGH!!!

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sweet, first game I can play as a butch lesbian.



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listen up kiddies with just a little horse steroids every day you too can look just like Zarya.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think they learned that from Gears of War, Duke Nukem, and D00M way before Zarya existed.


Speaking of D00M Zarya seems to have armor like D00M guy. Pretty cool in my opinion.

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I like the humour and personality McCree is bringing to the game.

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Gibraltar? Seems right, its a small piece of land disputed for centuries.

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Zarya, what a woman! I don't particularly fancy muscular women, but rather that than the skinny ones this society keeps feeding us images of.

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Cause there's lots of buff women out there. i know i can't walk down the street without running into a body builder female. Now if they really wanted reality they would have made her a 400pd land whale much more realistic than this roided up joke, oh, well whatever pleases the PC crowd.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> People come in all shapes and sizes, what's with your attitude? No one asked you to find it attractive. However it's more realistic for a large muscle woman to carry that big-a$$ gun than a hour glass super model.


Perhaps you just have a insecurity dilemma.


But on what you see everyday. . . I've never actually seen a roid house like Marcus in Gears of War walk past my street.

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If Zarya was in MMA, would she be allowed to fight in the men's division? She'd have nobody to fight in the women's division...

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Zarya is just completely unappealing as a character. She looks like the product of diversity by committee. I am all for diversity, especially in a game like this, but that character is just hideous in almost every way.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship used in the Civil War era...

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Don't be silly........ its obviously dutch for a whales vagina

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If this game joins the e-sports is Zarya gonna get DQ'd for using PEDs? She certainly looks like she hits the old 'roids somethin' fierce.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Pretty much, impossible for a woman to get that big naturally. As a result it makes her look kind of freakish to me.

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Huh. Big girl, with a big gun. It's not a bad thing.

Though as a rule, I pretty much like any character with a particle cannon.

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Blizzards response to female video game characters in the industry looking too "barbie" and focusing too much on their hourglass physique was to make this beast. Apparently this is better. I guess were heading in the direction that the more the girls look like men, then we should be fine. Don't forget the roids and tribal tattoos.

Good idea...not.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> This is different, at least. By the way, how is living in the nineteenth century? It's cold?

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needs moar Quiet models

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i legit didnt even know that was a woman until i read the article. That's horrible.

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It's funny how hundreds of thousands, if not more, of fans give feedback regarding various gameplay changes(you remember gameplay right? That thing that we play games for??) and Blizzard ignores them.


But a vocal minority of SJ bullies shout about female characters being too sexy and BLAM -- all of the sudden Blizzard listens to feedback?


Whoever shouts the loudest and with the most annoying voice wins, I guess.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Proof?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> speak for yourself.

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What I want to know is whether the game will be F2P or otherwise.
I don't think they've said yet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It was either hinted or rumored to be F2P, but this is Blizzard. All the cool stuff will be for paying customers.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm willing to pay but I hope it isn't subscription based.

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My most anticipated game. More than batman or MGS.

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"Zarya is a response to that feedback"

So now we have an ugly female character. I hope those people who complained could feel more secure about themselves.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>SJWs are ruining video games. Devs need to stop listening to them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> SJWs are ruining video games. Devs need to stop fucking listening to them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Speak for yourself, bro. The design is good, and she's not ugly by any stretch of the imagination. The face is classically attractive and feminine, with the possible exception of the strong chin, and you'd NEED muscles like those to tote around that BFG. Variety is nice.


The only one coming across as insecure is you, guy. Are you maybe a bit intimidated by this fictional character being stronger than you?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> she has boob Armour though, isn't boob Armour like really bad I'm talking unforgivable sin as far as SJW are concerned

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure "SJWs" exist outside of being invented boogeywoman that a certain subset of gamers like to blame all their problems on, so I'm going to assume you meant "women in gaming".


That said, do you think girls who play videogames share some kind of fucking hivemind? I've got no idea what OTHER people think about her armor--I think it fits the characters personality pretty well (from what little you can glean of her personality from the video, at least). It's a contextual thing.


Usually in medieval games, my response to boob armor is just "no". Because in terms of effective chest plates, boob armor basically is shaped to reroute blades to pierce the heart of the person who's wearing it. Traditional chest plates are shaped convex for a reason: so the sword glances off of it.


But Overwatch is a Sci-fi world. Maybe there's some super tech up in those boob plates, or maybe she just likes the way she looks in it and trusts her energy shield to do the actual armoring, I don't know. As she's clearly not concerned with armoring her arms, I can't say that complaining about an ineffective chest plate would make sense. So I'm okay with it. I'm reasonable like that.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Nope, she's definitely ugly. She's basically a man with b0obs.

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More like justin bieber on roids with tits.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh please, don't start pulling the "insecure" card out of your ass to try and make your argument look stronger. This character is a bad design. It's bad because they took a male model and slapped breasts and a feminine face on it. Just look: << LINK REMOVED >>


It's possible to make a strong female in a game that doesn't look like she had a sex change. Look at Legion Commander in Dota 2, or Vi in League of Legends. Legion commander especially. She isn't really feminine or girly, and she doesn't look like it. Additionally she has a tough voice that is very strong and intimidating. However, she doesn't look like they just took a man's face and put some eyelashes and lipstick on her. She looks like a tough woman.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No way physically to get this big unless juicing. Sends a strong message, probably moreso than "barbie girls", IMO. Heading in the wrong direction. I also find it hilarious that people who were complaining the most about scantily clad women are now happy that the women look like men. Sounds like a gender issue.

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You give SJW a good name by posting horribly subjective bull****like this.

Seriously just get back in the basement. You're not helping.

Character looks interesting and isn't ugly. Maybe not sexually appealing but there's plenty of others on the roster that already fit that bill.

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Nice buzzwords man. "SJW" "subjective" "get back in the basement". Also I like how you tell me to stop posting subjective things, then post a subjective opinion. Good going.


Clearly you didn't read (or comprehend) my post. I'm not looking for beauty or sexy. I'm saying that it's a bad design because it's, well designed badly. They took a model that was obviously male, rose up some bumps on the armor, put some lipstick and eyeliner on him, and called it a day. Then they go in throw in the cliche nord woman voice. That goes against the diversity they were going for in every way. Like I mentioned earlier, L.C. is a great example of a female character that is NOT "sexy/girly" and IS strong. She was built to look like a female though. They didn't just slap makeup on a make knight. (and she also doesn't have an overused buff nord woman accent)

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