Blizzard is including the 31st hero in its colorful stable of Overwatch characters. Can it bring back old players?
After ditching Titan as a modern successor to War of Warcraft, Blizzard embraced the trend of crafting snippets of immersion, instead of developing full-blown game worlds. This is the case with Overwatch — a twitchy first-person shooter/ability brawler where you can play only against other players.
Needless to say, when your entire gaming experience is dependent on the performance of randomly matched people, it may lead to frustration. To alleviate the impact of this inevitability, Overwatch offers the legendary and polished gameplay that Blizzard is known for and a huge variety of heroes to experiment with.
The latest is Sigma.
Introducing Sigma – an eccentric astrophysicist who hopes to unlock the secrets of the universe, unaware that he is being used as a living weapon. pic.twitter.com/Oi3or2VthQ
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 22, 2019
Unfortunately, Blizzard didn’t treat us with a delicious cinematic trailer it is known for. Nevertheless, this slightly animated slideshow shows off what you can expect from Sigma. (In the absence of any gameplay video.)
As Sigma himself says, “gravity is a harness” and he is the harnesser of that harness. Given that bit of info, it would be surprising if Sigma is not heavily dependant on abilities and combos, instead of straight-up shooting. Therefore, Sigma would offer gameplay more in line with Zenyatta than with McCree or Soldier 76.
No doubt, we will have more solid information within a week or two — if we judge by previous Overwatch releases.
If Sigma is just the nudge you needed to enter the world of Overwatch, keep in mind that Blizzard nurtures its esports infrastructure. Outside of Starcraft 2, Overwatch is leading the way in frequent esports tournaments all over the world. In fact, in the 2020 season, Overwatch League is transitioning to a home-and-away format. This makes it closer to a professional esports model where every OWL team will host a series of matches in their home cities.
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