[CONFIRMED] Overwatch Release Date Leaked; Releasing On May 24th
UPDATE: Blizzard confirmed everything in a press release. An Open Beta will take place on May 5-9, with a two days head start period reserved for those who pre-ordered Overwatch.
The Open Beta will feature all 21 heroes, so you’ll already be able to choose your favorite. Blizzard CEO and CoFound released the following statement to celebrate the announcement:
Overwatch is a team shooter for everyone, with deep, cooperative gameplay, fast and fun competitive action, and a diverse range of larger-than-life heroes. We think PC and console players everywhere will have a great time in the game, and we’re excited to give everyone a chance to try Overwatch out for themselves ahead of its May 24 launch.
ORIGINAL STORY: The release date for Overwatch has been leaked by website IGN. Blizzard’s team-based shooter will be released this May.
IGN leaked the release date for Overwatch via an advertisement on their homepage. We managed to grab a screenshot of the site, in case it gets pulled (as a matter of fact, we haven’t seen the ad shown up anymore).
According to the advertisement, Overwatch will be released on May 24, 2016. Those who pre-order will get early-access to the open beta.
At the moment of writing the release date hasn’t been officially confirmed by Blizzard, but we’re guessing that’s just a matter of time.
Overwatch was officially unveiled during BlizzCon 2014, where Blizzard announced their shooter in front of a live crowd of more than 25,000 event attendees, and an expected online audience numbering in the millions.
Apart from being released on PC, the title will also release on both PS4 and Xbox One.
Overwatch is a 6v6 shooter that takes place on Earth in the near future, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of iconic locations around the world. The game features a diverse cast of 21 heroes—each with their own unique arsenal of weapons and abilities—who bend time and defy physics as they work together to complete objectives with their allies. Teamwork is critical as players swap heroes on the fly and combine their powers to game-changing effect—the action is intense, with a focus on immediacy and fun.
“We’re building Overwatch to be the first-person shooter we’ve always wanted to play, with a vibrant world, awesome heroes, and an emphasis on tightly focused cooperative gameplay,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re excited to welcome console and PC gamers to the fight for the future, and we can’t wait to see all the incredible things teams are able to accomplish on the battlefield this upcoming spring.”
We’re pretty excited for Blizzard’s new title, and we’ll keep you updated when we learn more.