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Overwatch expected to be announced for consoles later this week

by Eric Frederiksen | November 5, 2015November 5, 2015 8:40 am PDT

Blizzard’s upcoming shooter, Overwatch, is expected by fans to be announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at BlizzCon 2015 later this week.

The developer, best known for World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo, hasn’t hinted at anything, but evidence is mounting that suggests that even if it isn’t announced this week, it’s at least being very, very seriously considered.

The purely circumstantial evidence consists of the game’s controller-friendly interface and the fact that the PC version offers controller support despite that being a huge competitive disadvantage on PC. The game’s director said that he’d like to see the game available on “whatever it could be played on” when asked about it last year, as well.

There’s some more specific stuff to go off of, too, though. WCCFTech notes that the Overwatch European site’s description briefly said that the game is “Blizzard’s team-shooter for PC and consoles.” The game also sports some very specific code discovered by Overpwn:

(INITIAL_PSN_OR_XBL_AUTH; WAITING_FOR_PSN_OR_XBL_AUTH)

If they don’t announce it this week, then it’s surely coming. The game is expected, like Blizzard’s other new properties, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, to be free to play. While it’s not going to be the first free to play game on consoles by any means, it might be the first one poised for success on a massive scale if all of this does indeed come to pass.

BlizzCon begins on Friday, November 6, at 11am Pacific. While most of the show will only be viewable to those attending in person and BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders, any news that comes out of it is sure to make the rounds quickly.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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