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Blizzard’s new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch has been in the works for years, and is finally ready to hit PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 24.
Players on all three platforms will also be able to play Overwatch for free from May 5-9 during a planned open beta period. Those who pre-order the game will get early access to that beta on May 3.
In addition to the announcement of the release date and beta period, Blizzard has also announced a number of options for people to purchase the game.
The core edition, which is digital and PC-only, is priced at $40 and includes only the base game, which includes 21 playable heroes.
The Origins Edition of the game includes the base game, five character skins, and a collection of bonuses for use in other Blizzard games. This version costs $60, and also serves as the base version of the game for PS4 and XB1.
Then there’s the Collector’s Edition, a retail-only pack for $130 which includes everything in the Origins edition, plus the game’s soundtrack, a visual sourcebook, and a metallic statue of the game’s Soldier: 76.
The game can be pre-ordered through the game’s official website already, and the open beta several weeks before launch should give prospective players a very solid “try before you buy” experience.
The fact that Blizzard is effectively putting the game on display before its release is likely a sign of confidence – if the game isn’t any good, everyone will know it firsthand, and quickly. Presumably, Blizzard believes that getting people’s hands on the game in a multiplayer setting will increase their day one sales, which is crucial to the health of a multiplayer game like this.
Are you looking forward to Overwatch? Planning on pre-ordering? Waiting to play the beta? Let us know on the comments.