Publisher Blizzard hopes that its brand new shooter IP Overwatch becomes one of its pillar franchises.
Speaking to MCV, senior game designer Michael Chu said that his aspiration is for Overwatch to be up there with Blizzard’s other huge IP, such as Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.
Overwatch launched on May 24th and is Blizzard’s first brand new IP since 1998’s StarCraft.
We certainly hope that one day people see Overwatch as a worthy addition to our legendary line-up,” Chu said. There’s a little bit of pressure in creating something that has to stand up to the other big IP that Blizzard has. Obviously, StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo are our giants. It was really an interesting opportunity to come in and create the Overwatch universe.”
Chu also told MCV that should fans want it, it is ready to support Overwatch as an eSport title.
When we started Overwatch we focused on getting the feeling of playing and competing as great as possible,” Chu said.
Blizzard has a long history in eSports. What we have seenis there’s a desire for some sort of Overwatch eSport. I don’t have any particular concrete plans that I can share but it’s definitely something we are looking into supporting in the future.”