ANAHEIM, Calif.

Game company announces plans for multiplayer shooter

After tackling online strategy and role-playing games, the company behind “World of Warcraft” is taking aim at the shooter genre.

Blizzard announced plans Friday to release an online team-based multiplayer shoot-’em-up game called “Overwatch.” The reveal kicked off BlizzCon, the company’s fan-centric celebration where more than 25,000 attendees will compete in game matches, dress in costumes and bag swag at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“Overwatch,” the company’s first new franchise in 17 years, will feature original characters with various skills, such as mechanized gorilla Winston and winged warrior Mercy, blasting each other in six-versus-six matches on a futuristic rendition of Earth.