Blizzard Entertainment’s futuristic team-based shooter coming to PC,
PS4™, and Xbox One
Pre-purchase now at www.buyoverwatch.com
and receive the Noire Widowmaker skin
ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The world needs heroes . . . and Overwatch™
is recruiting starting today! Blizzard Entertainment’s team-based
first-person shooter is coming to Windows® PC, the PlayStation®4
computer entertainment system, and Xbox One in spring 2016†.
Players around the world can prepare for battle by pre-purchasing Overwatch
for all three platforms at www.buyoverwatch.com.
As a bonus, players who pre-purchase will receive the special Noire skin
for Widowmaker, Overwatch’s ice-cold assassin, at launch.
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
“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 co-founder 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.”
At BlizzCon® today, Blizzard Entertainment also unveiled an
all-new map—Hollywood, which takes players on a dazzling and
dangerous movie studio tour—along with the final three heroes in Overwatch’s
21-character roster. Genji, a cybernetic ninja, is an expert
assassin capable of extraordinary feats of agility, including reflecting
enemy attacks with his blade. D.Va is a former pro-gaming
superstar who pilots an experimental military mech in defense of her
home country. Mei travels the globe applying her scientific
expertise to protect the natural world; in battle, her arsenal of
climate-manipulating technology has the power to put the opposition on
ice. To learn more about these and other Overwatch heroes and
maps, visit www.playoverwatch.com.
Windows PC, PS4™ system, and Xbox One gamers will be able to
join the battle by purchasing Overwatch: Origins Edition for a
suggested retail price of $59.99—players can visit www.buyoverwatch.com
to pre-purchase today. Overwatch: Origins Edition comes with hero
skins for five characters based on their storied pasts—Blackwatch Reyes
(Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion,
Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer—as well as a cache of Overwatch-themed
content for several Blizzard Entertainment games††, including
a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft® and
Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm™.
Overwatch will also be available in a limited-edition,
retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99, Windows/PS4™
system/Xbox One), which contains all of the content listed above along
with a full-color art book, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a
high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego
of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison. Quantities are limited;
players should check with their local retailer for pre-purchase details
Windows PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition
($39.99, digital only), which includes all 21 heroes and provides
players with the core Overwatch experience. Players who
pre-purchase this or any other edition of Overwatch will also
receive the bonus Noire skin for Widowmaker upon the game’s launch.
In addition to the English version, Overwatch will be available
localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German,
European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese,
and traditional and simplified Chinese. Overwatch has been rated
T for Teen by the ESRB.
For more information about Overwatch or to sign up for the beta
test now in progress, visit www.playoverwatch.com.
For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit the Blizzard
Entertainment press site at http://blizzard.gamespress.com/overwatch.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard has numerous positions
currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com
for more information and to learn how to apply.
†Fall 2016 for regions in the southern hemisphere
(no later than June 21, 2016). Launch plans for mainland China to
be announced at a later date.
required. World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Heroes of
the Storm, and Diablo III content available on Windows/Mac®.
Hearthstone content available on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android. Heroes
of the Storm Tracer hero will also be available separately—further
details will be announced at a later date.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of
the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.
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regarding the future, including statements about Overwatch,
including with respect to its launch date, features, and gameplay, are
forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of
risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
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include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
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from current expectations.
Rob Hilburger, 949.242.8404
Rodriguez, 949.955.1380 x12064
Director, Global Public Relations
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