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Overwatch will be on shelves a day early at some retailers

by Eric Frederiksen | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 9:00 am PST

Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch is almost here. It’s so close we can taste it. In fact, nearly 10 million of us already have. If you like what you saw and know you’re ready to jump in, you can pick up the game a day early at GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon.

Keep in mind that the servers themselves won’t be live until release day, though, so this is more a way to prepare than anything else. Anyone who purchased the game online from their platform’s respective marketplaces will be able to pre-load the game. This is effectively pre-loading for people who like discs.

Normally, I’m (somewhat hypocritically) against pre-ordering of any kind, including picking up a game early. The chances that a game is broken at launch are just too great these days. The difference here is that if you played the Overwatch beta, you know what you’re getting. The content in the beta is what will be in the  box on launch day. And Blizzard’s gained experience launching online games over the last 10 years, so we should see a pretty functional launch from the company, even if day-one traffic still slows things down.

Overwatch hits PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 24.


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,...