Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Is the game company Blizzard Entertainment hoping to get in on the success of animated films created by Pixar and Dreamworks? The biggest movie-related announcement to come out of Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon convention was the info about Warcraft, the film directed by Duncan Jones based on Blizzard’s set of strategy and RPG games. But the game company also announced an original new title called Overwatch. That announcement came complete with a long trailer animated in a style that leaps off from Pixar’s The Incredibles, and is clearly meant to capture the same audiences that love films of that type. Check out the Overwatch trailer below.
Visually, there’s a lot of style that is reminiscent of animated films by Pixar and other companies. As for the story, well, there is a story. And that’s cool. But the characters are cliche as all get out, and in general this doesn’t show the deep attention to detail that the meticulous process of creating animated films entails. So Pixar doesn’t have anything to worry about just yet.
But the raw material is here, and it’s easy to look at this trailer and guess that Blizzard is thinking “film franchise” for the future of Overwatch.
Here’s a trailer of actual gameplay:
Trailers via Blizzard.
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