Blizzard's Overwatch hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One next spring - and it's a full-priced game

Free-to-play? No way!


UPDATE: At BlizzCon, Blizzard confirmed that Overwatch will indeed come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next year - sometime in the spring, in fact. And it won't be a free-to-play game at all.

Overwatch: Origins Edition is the US$60 (about ₹3,999) launch package, available at retail and digitally, and it comes with access to 21 playable heroes, five exclusive skins, and a bunch of other digital perks. The new trailer below has a look at everything included in the Origins Edition. We suspect Blizzard will augment the game with additional content over time, but that appears to be the complete day-one package.

ORIGINAL STORY (5/11/15): Blizzard's annual BlizzCon convention is this weekend, and that means big news expected for the storied game company's upcoming slate. But one significant detail might have already leaked - and we're thrilled.

Overwatch is the studio's first new property in 17 years, following a stretch of sequels and spinoffs that brought us everything from World of Warcraft to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The shooter-meets-MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game was only announced for PC at first, but a leaked retail listing suggests it's coming to consoles as well.

GameStop claims that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will release alongside PC, with all three carrying a placeholder 31 December 2016 date - which means, basically, it could release anytime next year. And there's another surprise: a US$60 (₹3,999) price tag listed for all three versions of the game.

Overwatch is widely expected to be a free-to-play game because the MOBA genre thrives on that model (see: League of Legends and Dota 2) and the first-person shooter genre is more frequently embracing it as well. Also, Blizzard has had huge success with Hearthstone on PC, iOS, and Android, and it's likely that the company has learned lessons from that experience.

It still could be a free-to-play game, of course: that ₹4k might buy you a starter pack with access to a block of heroes, special items, and in-game currency, for example, while everyone has the option of starting for free. Or maybe it really is a premium game, which will surely be better for its competitive balance. Either way, we're interested.

For its part, Blizzard isn't denying the news. Asked for comment, the company has told multiple publications to tune in for today's BlizzCon opening ceremonies. We'll be paying attention, certainly, and we'll share any big news that pours out of the event.

[Source: Game Informer]