This year has already proven to be one-of-a-kind so far, and it looks like it will keep going on the same path. Aside from other, more world-changing discoveries, 2016 is special because Blizzard decided to take a break from their usual style and bring us a first person shooter.
And oh boy, what a game Overwatch is turning out to be. The title is still in its open beta, which you can enjoy throughout the entire weekend, and it will be out pretty soon – on May 24. But how different will the final version be from the current open beta? According to the developers, not too much.
According to the game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch Beta is the final build that will go out come the launch date. Only minor changes will be brought to the game, including a few minor bug fixes and other small changes. No new builds will come any time soon, but only a couple of title updates.
Once it’s launched the game will include 21 heroes, 12 maps, and four game modes, as well as a metaphorical truckload of unlockable content. The four game modes will be Assault, Escort, Hybrid, and of course, the new game mode announced in February, Control.
Each game mode will come with three different maps, which might sound a bit underwhelming if you don’t take into account the fact that more maps, game modes, and post-launch features will be released soon after the game comes out. It will greatly improve the experience, according to the game’s director.
The game can still be pre-ordered for a few days, and it comes in three different editions which unlock different in-game content – the basic pre-order, the Overwatch Origins Edition, and the collector’s edition. Each edition costs more than the previous and comes with more in-game or physical goodies.
The first two editions are strictly digital. The basic one costs $39.99, and it comes with the Noire Widowmaker skin. The Overwatch Origins Edition goes for $59.99 and comes five additional origin skins, a Baby Winston pet, the Tracer Hero unlock, Mercy’s wings, a new Overwatch card back, and additional player portraits.
The collector’s edition is only available in physical form, as along with all the virtual goodies it also comes with a 12.8-inch statue of Soldier 76. It also includes everything in the Origins pack, as well as the game’s soundtrack and a physical visual sourcebook.
Overwatch is to launch for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 24th.
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