Overwatch is the latest game from gaming behemoth Blizzard, which has made titles including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Hearthstone. The game’s been out for ages now, but Blizzard is still regularly releasing free updates to keep the game’s community engaged.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game, including the latest news and rumours about deals, new heroes and maps, and seasonal events. And if you want to know what we thought of the game, read our full Overwatch review.
When was the Overwatch release date?
After months of waiting, Overwatch was released on 24 May 2016.
What platforms is Overwatch on?
Overwatch is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
You can also buy Overwatch Origins from various online retailers. The best deal we found was at Amazon for £26.
To mark the game’s one-year anniversary, Blizzard is also releasing a Game of the Year edition of Overwatch, which will be available digital-only from 23 May. It’s a bit of an odd GOTY edition though, as most of the bonus goodies are for other Blizzard games.
Within Overwatch itself, you’ll get 10 free loot boxes and a handful of hero skins. Elsewhere though, you get to play as Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, can have a baby Winston pet in World of Warcraft, can equip Mercy’s wings in Diablo III, and get Overwatch portraits for Starcraft II and card backs for Hearthstone.
Who are the playable heroes?
With 21 characters (or heroes) at launch and two more added since, Overwatch has a similar feel to a MOBA like Heroes of the Storm. Rather than simply picking a different skin, you’ll be able to play a character which suits your style. Here’s the full Overwatch characters list:
• Soldier: 76
Overwatch is regularly being updated with new maps and heroes, and the latest addition is angry looking bloke called Doomfist.
Described as ‘a formidable tactician who packs a punch’, his skills include Hand Cannon, Rocket Punch and Meteor Strike. Check him out in the video below.
There aren’t any major Overwatch events planned in the near future, but the last few were top notch – so fingers crossed for more of the same.
The latest major Overwatch event was the game’s big one-year anniversary celebration. Going live on 23 May, the event brought with it three new Arena maps (as we mentioned above), and there were the usual array of new skins and emotes.
There was also another free weekend for the game, running from 26 May to 29 May. The full array of maps and heroes were available across several game modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl.