Great news for console players: today at BlizzCon, Blizzard confirmed that their forthcoming first-person arena shooter, Overwatch, will be coming not only to PC, but also to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Blizzard has stated that consoles were always part of the development process, and Overwatch was built from the ground up for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately for Mac users, Blizzard has no plans as of yet to bring the game to OSX. Blizzard expects that the game will launch sometime before June 21, 2016, suggesting a spring release date.
Blizzard also announced three versions of the game that will be available at launch. The first, basic version, will be available only on PC. It retails for 39.99USD and is currently available for pre-order through Blizzard’s website. Those who pre-order the game will snag a special noir Widowmaker skin.
Overwatch: Origins Edition, which is available for PC and consoles, will include the base game along with special skins for the heroes Bastion, Pharah, Reaper, Soldier 76 and Tracer. Retailing for 59.99USD, it will also give players a number of in-game goodies for other Blizzard games. These include the Mercy’s Wings item for Diablo III, special StarCraft II portraits, a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft, a Hearthstone card back, and the Tracer hero in Heroes of the Storm. It’s also currently available for pre-order.
Finally, Blizzard has also announced the obligatory Collector’s Edition, which includes everything from the Origins Edition, but adds a “visual sourcebook”, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a statue of hero Soldier 76. No price has yet been announced for the Collector’s Edition, and it’s not yet available for pre-order.
Bad news, however, for those of you looking to get into Blizzard’s ongoing Overwatch beta-test: pre-ordering the game does not come with a beta access key. You’ll have to wait in line with everyone else.
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