Overwatch is perhaps the most exciting thing to have come out of Blizzard over the last decade; of only because it happens to be a completely new IP. That being said, the latest announcement about Overwatch is possibly the most unexpected news yet. The game will be sold at full price; and will be available for not only PC, but also Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
There will be two versions of Overwatch made available, and these are done in the traditional Blizzard manner. Firstly, there is the regular version of Overwatch which includes all 21 heroes and access to all the maps. This is bring sold for $39.99 (about RM175) on the PC only. Alternatively, there is the Overwatch Origins Edition; which bundles extras for both Overwatch and Blizzard’s other games like Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III. Interestingly, this one is available for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox buyers for $59.99 (about RM260). It should be noted that only one of those extra games is even available on consoles.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said during the presentation that Overwatch was intended to appear on consoles from the very beginning, although there will be no cross-play between the various platforms. This isn’t the first time that Blizzard has made a game for both PC and consoles, but it marks the first time that it has a title launching for all the platforms at the same time. In contrast, the console version of Diablo III took over a year to get out the door.
Blizzard is being rather coy about any potential DLC for Overwatch, instead focusing on getting the game launched and out the door. However, it has not shied away from doing the usual Collector’s Edition boxed set that includes a 12-inch statue of Soldier:76. The Collector’s Edition will retail for an eye watering $129.99 (about RM566).
Overwatch is due for release at some point in the spring of 2016.