Tonight during Strats Weekly, @Auth suggested that the playable version of Overwatch has yet to attain the level of hype that the Strats community had for it during the later months of 2015. There has also been questions about Battleborn, another title soon to be released in the blossoming hero-shooter genre.
Now that both of these games are about 4-6 weeks from release, maybe it’s time to get the hype train rolling again!
First up is Battleborn. In true Borderlands fashion, this game is expected to be full of (possibly offensive to some) humor. The environments are colorful and the characters are just as colorful in every way.
Battleborn will offer solo and co-op PvE. You can level-up all 25 of the characters available at launch with more to be released later. All characters will be free. There is a season pass offered but I believe it will only contain new PvE content.
PvP options will include a MOBA-style where you have to push your minions and feed them to an incinerator to appease the “robot god”. There is also a single-lane type map and I believe a king-of-the-hill mode.
Battleborn has a $60 USD price tag. The season pass is priced at $20 or if you buy the bundle you get everything for $75. That doesn’t sound too bad.
Next up is Overwatch. I assume most everyone is familiar with this game on some level. It will be team-based PvP only, similar to Team Fortress 2. In true Blizzard style they have begun to release movies for the game.
If these movies don’t give you the feels then you are dead inside. I will say they did a great job of using all the characters’ in-game skills during the videos.
The base Overwatch game is offered for $40 on PC only, or you can buy the collector’s edition for $60 which also gets you a few extra skins, the Tracer character in Heroes of the Storm, a Winston pet in Wowcraft, some Starcraft portraits, and Mercy’s wings for your Diablo character. You can only get the $60 version on consoles.
If you’re still undecided about either of these games or if your hype is running low, be aware that both games will be offering open betas. Battleborn open beta begins April 8 for PS4 and April 13 for PC and XB1. Overwatch is having an all-access open beta period from May 5-9.