Express 15: Overwatch featuring Rodney Smith, Marty Connell and Matt Evans
Today Jamie is joined by Rodney Smith from Watch It Played, Marty Connell from Rolling Dice and Taking Names and the newly bestowed Honorary Founder, Matt Evans from Board Game Replay to discuss something very different, a video game! And that video game is the extremely popular Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment. Today's episode also includes special appearances by Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Reviews and Steve.
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Meet the Overwatch Team and More!
Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment's take on the FPS genre. The official announcement came on November 7th, 2014 at BlizzCon, where they showed gameplay footage as well as 12 of the characters with promises of many more to come.
The story of Overwatch starts in a highly fictionalized version of future Earth, where humans and robots known as the Omnics existed together. The peace did not last; the omniums producing the omnics went rogue and began constructing militarized robots to stage an uprising. To fight back, the United Nations found the most elite soldiers from around the world and formed the peacekeeping force known as Overwatch.
Their job was to save earth from the rogue omnics, which they did quite successfully. Over the next 20 years, Overwatch grew to be a vast coalition of the world's top soldiers and scientists. Though it was revered across the planet, as time went on accusations of human rights abuses and internal conspiracy tore the organization apart. Now, with terrorism rampant, inequality commonplace, and corrupt companies unchecked, one thing is clear: the world needs heroes.
Overwatch is a 6v6 team based shooter and was released on May 24, 2016.