A splash page says Overwatch: Origins Edition is coming to PS4 and Xbox One by June 2016.
With console gaming still more popular than PC gaming, it’s very rare when a AAA game is a PC exclusive. When Blizzard announced Overwatch for PC last year, many wondered if it would also be released for consoles. Now we appear to have our answer.
On its Battle.net website, there is a splash page that says Overwatch: Origins Edition is not only coming to PC, but to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “on or before” June 21, 2016. As of now, the link to BuyOverwatch isn’t working.
There isn’t much information to go on from this listing, but a Reddit user posted a list of potential items that will be included in the Origins Edition. This list comes from video game retailer, GAME:
- 21 Heroes5 skins:Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper)
- Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76)
- Overgrown Bastion
- Security Chief Pharah
- Slipstream Tracer
Overwatch-themed content for several Blizzard Entertainment games:
- Heroes of the Storm — Tracer Hero
- World of Warcraft — Baby Winston Pet
- StarCraft II Portraits
- Hearthstone Cardback
- Diablo III — Mercy Wings
Rumblings of a console version of the game began earlier this week when members of the gaming community started to dig up evidence which suggested the team-based shooter could potentially be console-bound. The biggest clue was a piece of source code found on the game’s European site, which said “Overwatch is Blizzard’s team-shooter for PC and consoles.” This text has since been removed. Also, Overpwn discovered authentication checks for the PS4 and Xbox within the game’s code.
Just yesterday, IGN and Kotaku reported that GameStop is taking pre-orders for the game, which included the console versions. Both sites called GameStop stores in NYC, which confirmed that the game was indeed headed to the PS4 and Xbox One for $60. One store from Connecticut even confirmed the title as being “Overwatch: Origins Edition.” When IGN contacted Blizzard for a comment, a representative told them: “We are excited to share more information about Overwatch with everyone at BlizzCon this weekend.”
Given the hype and excitement generated since the game’s announcement last year, it makes sense that Blizzard would want to get Overwatch into the hands of as many people as possible. Having a console version of the game definitely casts a wider net to grab more potential costumers. Stay tuned for more details from BlizzCon.
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