On Monday, Overwatch developer Blizzard announced the game's launch date and an Open Beta for pre-orders.
"Your watch is about to begin," said Blizzard in a blog post announcing the game's launch. Overwatch will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 24 with an Open Beta coming in early May to the platforms. All gamers who pre-order Overwatch by April 29 from participating stores or Battle.net, no matter the platform, will get early access to the Open Beta for themselves and a friend. Users who pre-order the game will get access from May 3-4. Users who pre-order the game will also get a "Noise Widowmaker skin" when the game launches. After the early-access period, Blizzard explained, "everyone will have a chance to play free during an all-access Open Beta period from May 5-9." Any progress made in the Open Beta will not carry over to the game when it launches.
Overwatch was originally slated for a November 2014 launch and marks what could be Blizzard's next franchise. Currently, Blizzard is known for its Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series but Overwatch would be the first game not connected to one of those titles in almost 20 years. Overwatch is available for pre-order now for $39.99 for the basic version of the game, $59.99 for the Overwatch Origins Edition, and $129.99 for the Collector's Edition. All versions of the game include access to all 21 characters while the Origins and Collector's Editions add digital and physical extras. The Collector's Edition bundle includes the Origins Edition game.
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