UPDATE: This article was written before the announcement just minutes ago. During its press conference at BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard confirmed that there would be no free-to-play version of the game. Buyers will be limited to the $59.99 Overwatch: Origins Edition and a $129.99 Limited Collector’s Edition that will be exclusively available at retail with an art book, soundtrack, and statue of Soldier: 76.
As expected thanks to a leak yesterday, Blizzard has come out from hiding at BlizzCon 2015 and confirmed that its arena shooter Overwatch will be making the leap to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Not only did it confirm the ports, known as Overwatch: Origins Edition, but it also slapped the highly anticipated game with a release date of June 21, 2016.
Overwatch was originally planned to be a totally free-to-play experience, but my guess is that a premium packaged product on consoles would not fully allow for that. Instead, players who want the physical box will be able to pick up this Origins Edition, and that will grant them free access to the rest of the characters as they become available. Like a season pass, basically.
Those who opt to download the game will still get to experience it as a free-to-play package.
Either way, I’m happy. I wasn’t expecting to be able to enjoy Overwatch since my gaming laptop is on the way out of commission, but now I’ll be able to jump in from day one thanks to my PlayStation 4. Good call, Blizzard.
Overwatch will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 21.