Team-based FPS Overwatch is a full-priced rather than free-to-play game, and it will launch in autumn 2016 with 21 playable heroes, Blizzard has announced.
The 6v6 shooter takes place on Earth in the near future, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of iconic locations around the world.
According to Blizzard, teamwork is critical as players swap heroes on the fly and combine their powers to game-changing effect.
The publisher announced three new heroes at BlizzCon over the weekend: cybernetic ninja Genji, former pro-gaming superstar D.Va, and climate-manipulator Mei. See screens of all three here.
Here are the various editions of the game:
Overwatch: Origins Edition
◆ AU$90/NZ$105 on Windows PC, AU$100/NZ$115 on PS4/Xbox One
◆ Contains five hero skins: Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer
◆ Contains a cache of Overwatch-themed content for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft and Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm.
Overwatch Collector’s Edition
◆ AU$190/NZ$215 on Windows PC, AU$200/NZ$230 on PS4/Xbox One
◆ A retail exclusive
◆ Contains all of the content listed above along with a full-colour art book, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76
Overwatch Digital PC Edition
◆ Includes all 21 heroes and provides players with the core Overwatch experience. Players who pre-purchase this or any other edition of Overwatch will also receive the bonus Noire skin for Widowmaker upon the game’s launch.
“We’re building Overwatch to be the first-person shooter we’ve always wanted to play, with a vibrant world, awesome heroes, and an emphasis on tightly focused cooperative gameplay,” said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.
“We’re excited to welcome console and PC gamers to the fight for the future, and we can’t wait to see all the incredible things teams are able to accomplish on the battlefield this upcoming spring.”