Blizzard’s Overwatch coming to Consoles, ditches free-to-play


When Blizzard announced Overwatch, their first new IP in 17 years, was in production; we naturally assumed that the game was going to be a free-to-play PC exclusive and given Blizzard’s track record it’s not hard to see why.

Blizzard put that idea to rest with the announcement of “Overwatch: Origins Edition” being a full price release for PS4, Xbox One and PC for both physical release and digital download. The game is currently set to launch on June 21, 2016.

More details about Overwatch was given at Blizzcon announcing that there will be no Mac version of the game and no PC-Console cross-play due to PC gamers having the upper hand.

The Origins Edition will feature 21 heroes from the game as well as five skins that “harken to the backstories” of the characters portrayed, which will include Overgrown Bastion, Blackwatch Reyes and Splitstream Tracer. Also included are other “goodies” for other Blizzard games including a new pet for World of Warcraft. Blizzard also announced a special collector’s edition was also announced, which will feature a bronze statue of Soldier: 76, soundtrack and source book. The Origins Edition is priced at $60 USD while the Collectors is $129.00 USD (around $170.00 CAD).

The game is available to pre-order now at your local gameshop.