Blizzard have secured themselves another trademark recently, on the name Overwatch. The only details are the registration details, as listed below, but as far as what the game or product could be there are no hints.

    Word Mark OVERWATCH
    Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software, computer game discs, downloadable computer game programs, computer game software downloadable from a global computer network, electronic games software for wireless devices, interactive multimedia computer game programs, mousepads, computer mouses, headsets for use with computers, computer keyboards
    Standard Characters Claimed
    Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
    Serial Number 86239314
    Filing Date April 1, 2014
    Current Basis 1B
    Original Filing Basis 1B
    Owner (APPLICANT) Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 16215 Alton Parkway Irvine CALIFORNIA 92618
    Attorney of Record Rod A. Rigole
    Type of Mark TRADEMARK
    Register PRINCIPAL
    Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

    The Overwatch entry in Wikipedia states:

    In modern warfare, overwatch is the state of one small unit or military vehicle supporting another unit, while they are executing fire and movement tactics. An overwatching, or supporting unit has taken a position where it can observe the terrain ahead, especially likely enemy positions. This allows it to provide effective covering fire for advancing friendly units. The term overwatch originates in U.S. military doctrine.

    So perhaps a strategy game. They’ve been there before and, as you’ll remember, Jay Wilson was moved From Diablo 3 to another unnamed project and with his background rich in the strategy genre he could be heading up this new Overwatch team. If not strategy then perhaps a new arena for Blizzard with a shooter title but they never struck me as a shooter outfit. Although they did have a stab at it with Starcraft: Ghost but shelved it. I’m hopeful it’ll be something outside of the existing three franchises whatever it is.

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