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Blizzard Announces ‘Overwatch’ Release Date & Open Beta Plans

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Overwatch, its upcoming team-based first person  shooter, will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from May 24, 2016.

In the same press release, Blizzard announced plans for an open beta on all platforms, running from May 5-9. Players who pre-order Overwatch will get additional time in the open beta, gaining entry from May 3.

Blizzard also revealed more bonuses for pre-ordering or pre-purchasing Overwatch. The normal game can be purchased digitally on PC for $40 USD ($69.95 AUD), and players who pre-purchase before April 29 will receive the Noire Widowmaker Skin as well as an open beta head-start key for them and a friend.

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Noire Widowmaker Skin. Image: Supplied.

The Overwatch: Origins Edition is the base edition for consoles, and will be available at retail stores. The Origins Edition includes Origins skins for Bastion, Reyes, Tracer, Commander Morrison and Pharah, as well as digital items for Blizzard’s other games. Pre-purchasing this version will also unlock the Noire Widowmaker skin and early open beta access. It will cost $59.99 USD ($89.95 AUD).

Finally, an Overwatch Collector’s Edition has been announced and, like the Origins edition, is only available through retailers. The Collector’s Edition includes everything in the Origins Edition, plus a full-colour visual sourcebook, the game’s soundtrack, and a solider: 76 statue. It is retailing for $129.99 USD.

Overwatch is a team shooter for everyone, with deep, cooperative gameplay, fast and fun competitive action, and a diverse range of larger-than-life heroes,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We think PC and console players everywhere will have a great time in the game, and we’re excited to give everyone a chance to try Overwatch out for themselves ahead of its May 24 launch.”

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Overwatch was first revealed at BlizzCon 2014. It is currently in a Closed Beta state on PC, with players only able to access the game via a code from Blizzard. Overwatch also marks the first time a Blizzard game has released on consoles simultaneously with the PC release.


Nathan Manning is an Xbox Editor for AnalogAddiction. He is only critical on the Xbox brand because he has a love for it. You can find him on Twitter and AnalogAddiction there as well.

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  1. That sad moment when half the comments are on how tracer looks rather than the game it self… It’s rated T so if your kids or you can handle this don’t play this game. You don’t bring you kids to a R rated movie then complain on how you kids were disturbed by what they saw. Stop ruining games for the rest of us

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    • It is a bit of a bummer that there is always so much emphasis on what characters look like. Regardless, it’s looking like a very fun game and all of this will be forgotten about soon.

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