Here's 11 minutes of Soldier: 76 doing what Soldier: 76 does best

Overwatch Soldier: 76

Blizzard unveiled the grizzled Overwatch hero Soldier: 76 a couple days ago, accompanied by an origin story video, a gameplay teaser trailer, and a lengthy bio describing his days, and his downfall, as leader of the Overwatch. Today, we've got something that's perhaps more in line with the interests of gamers who just want to shoot stuff.

The 11-minute gameplay preview is exactly what it sounds like: 11 minutes of Soldier: 76 ventilating noobs. The action comes from the Point Capture map Hanamura, on which the 76'er and his compatriots are playing as the defenders. He seems to have a fairly straightforward play style, although that could be just the way his machine-gun comes off as the sort of thing you'd toss away the moment you find a real weapon. And I suppose that "straightforward" is exactly what you'd expect from a grizzled old soldier with a grudge. Flash and flair is for lightweights.

Overwatch is set to go into beta in the fall.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.