Blizzard on Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 comparisons: "They're an enormous compliment"

Blizzard BlizzCon 2014 Overwatch Team Fortress 2

Blizzard’s new game is Overwatch: a six versus six objective multiplayer FPS, and their first new IP in over 17 years. The game looks great - it’s already starting to grow on our Rob - but that didn’t stop the comparisons to one particular game: Team Fortress 2.

Blizzard are confident that there’s enough difference between the two; so much so that Overwatch will have it’s own niche in the market.

“[Team Fortress 2] is one of my favourite games of all time” said Overwatch's game director, Jeff Kaplan. “But we’re going in a different design direction than they are.”

The comments came in answer to a fan's question during at Blizzcon. 

“If people want to compare Overwatch to Team Fortress 2, we would take that as the world’s greatest compliment," said Kaplan. “We love that game; it’s probably one of my favourite games of all time. Those guys are geniuses; that guy, Robin Walker, up at Valve - I had the honor of meeting him.

“I think though that as you start to play the game, you realise the differences there are to Team Fortress 2. Sure, there are some similarities in the team-based objectives, but already at this show we have twelve heroes here. Team Fortress 2 does something very different. They have nine roles that can be customised; your Demoman could be suddenly charging you with a sword. But we’re going in a different design direction than they are.”

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So Overwatch has more classes and a centric design to their heroes, but what else differs between it and Team Fortress 2? “Mobility also is a huge feature in Overwatch.” stated Kaplan. “I think that a lot of us have been conditioned from the shooters that are currently out - and this isn’t a knock to those, because I love them - but Overwatch is about these amazing hero abilities; it’s not about running around and putting people under your crosshair.

“You’ll see someone come from say Call of Duty and Battlefield, and they won’t hit the buttons at all; they’re only shooting their gun. And when you show them ‘hey press shift’ and their hero is suddenly flying, they suddenly realise that this game is very different.”

Kaplan refused to be drawn on whether whether Blizzard had considered taking TF2's hat based economy.  “Sorry guys, you’ll have to keep speculating."

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3 Years ago

Looks more like SMNC to me. I expect it to last about as long as well

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subedii Avatar
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3 Years ago

With Blizzard's backing? I doubt it. I expect it to go quite far. They've already got a line on inventive characters and powers, and I'm sure it'll have production values up the Yangtze.

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A big part of SMNC's problem was simply that it didn't make much money and development on it ground to a halt. After that the community bled away.

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3 Years ago

agreed, i cant imagine blizzard working on this for ages and keeping it a secret just to let it end up like SMNC.

If they can keep behind WOW for god knows how many years im sure they'll be fine at keeping this game relevant

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3 Years ago

My first thought when seeing this live was Team Fortress 2 + FireFall. Not necesarrily a bad thing, I love both games, but not very original

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subedii Avatar
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3 Years ago

To be honest, I don't think Blizzard have ever really been about "original". What they _have_ been about though is ridiculous polish and refinement of existing concepts.

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2 Years ago

But does it have hats

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1 Year ago

see a problem I have with Overwatch is that I dont like tf2. I dont hate it, i just dislike it. And to see another game like it come out annoys me. I watched it and watched plenty enough of it to know that it is VERY similar to tf2. More heroes? Sure. But weapon animations are the same, the medic is the EXACT same except it flies, like a few others, etc. its just too similar to a game im not entirely fond of.

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1 Year ago

Guess you're eating your words now scrublord.

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1 Year ago

I swear if they have hats...

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DeadGame Avatar
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1 Year ago

I just think overwatch is a better tf2 version.. i mean a copy, but a copy better than the original..

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1 Year ago

TF2 and overwatch arnt very similar, they are both class based shooters with the same style and similar classes, but very diffrent gameplay wise. TF2 has sub-classes while overwatch just has...classes.

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