Blizzard Entertainment revealed that Overwatch will arrive in stores on PC, PS4 and Xbox One starting May 24.
Players who preorder or pre-purchase the game for PC, PS4, or Xbox One will also get a two-day head start on the upcoming Overwatch open beta for themselves and a friend. The open beta will let players have an opportunity to play all 21 heroes and experience the intense action, tactical depth prior to the game’s release.
Following the head-start period on May 3–4 for those who pre-order, other players will be able to try the game with the beta running from May 5 to 9.
“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.”
Those looking to pick up Blizzard’s upcoming shooter, they’ll have the choice between the Origins Edition and the limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition.
The former will include hero skins for five characters based on their storied pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer. It also includes a cache of Overwatch-themed content for several Blizzard games, including a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft, Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm and much more. For complete details, head over here.
While the latter will retail for £99.99 and feature the digital content from Origins Edition along with a full-color visual sourcebook, the soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison.
PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition for £29.99, which provides the core experience.
For more details, head over to the Overwatch blog.