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Overwatch Launches May 24th on PS4, Early Access Starts May 3rd

Jeff Kaplan's Avatar Posted by Game Director, Blizzard Entertainment

Hi PlayStation.Blog! I’m Jeff Kaplan from the Overwatch development team, and I’m happy to let everyone know that Overwatch will be launching May 24th on PS4!

As an added bonus, if you pre-purchase Overwatch, you’ll get early access to the Beta for you and a friend from May 3rd to May 4th. After that, everyone will have a chance to play free during our Open Beta from May 5th to May 9th.

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What is Overwatch?

Overwatch is a team-based, multiplayer shooter featuring a cast of 21 dynamic heroes. Taking place on a near-future Earth, Overwatch gives players the ability to bend time, defy physics, and unleash over-the-top powers and weapons.

Teams compete in six-on-six, objective-based maps set across the world — you’ll be protecting an ancient temple in Egypt, escorting an EMP device through King’s Row in London, battling for control of Lijiang Tower in China, and more. Switching heroes on the fly is key to countering your opponents and to gaining the upper hand in battle.

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Why Open Beta and Early Access?

We know how important and meaningful it can be to try out a game before buying it. We also want to make sure you get a really good sense of what the full game will be like, so we’re making all 21 heroes and all maps and game modes available in the Open Beta — that way you can really start to get a handle on the game’s central concepts, like roles, counters, and hero-switching, in a variety of different map types. The early access portion of the Open Beta is our small way of thanking players who’ve invested in Overwatch early. Your belief in the game means a lot to us.

If you’d like to support Overwatch, you can pre-purchase now to get early access to the Open Beta.

Thanks, we can’t wait for you to join us soon.

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tt_1_ said:

March 7th, 9:04 am

Will PS+ be required to play this game?

    pi_rs said:

    March 7th, 9:10 am

    “Overwatch is a team-based, multiplayer shooter-”

    Multiplayer means online, so yes.

    Seluhir said:

    March 7th, 9:28 am

    Probably, but if Blizz is using their own servers they may decide it doesn’t. Hard to say.

    killaruna said:

    March 7th, 9:46 am

    its not subsciption based so obviously it will. ignore what the other person said about blizz using their own servers. d3 required ps+ too, guy has no idea what hes talking about

    Seluhir said:

    March 7th, 10:03 am

    Killaruna, PS+ is only 100% required if the company wants to use Sony’s infrastructure.

    If not, it is up to the publisher/developer whether ps+ is going to be required.

    It’s essentially that simple.

    STIGEVEN said:

    March 7th, 1:53 pm

    Seluhir, you’re wrong.

    You will need PS+ to play this yes, just like most other online games. Juts buy a years worth and you’ll get it cheaper than buying month to month. Plus you will be bale to play all your other games online too, and you’ll get plenty of terrible games every month for free :)

    Everadept said:

    March 7th, 10:02 pm

    The full game yes but not the Beta.

    Harerazer said:

    March 8th, 8:18 am

    “Multiplayer” does not mean “online”. Believe it or not there were multiplayer games before the internet took over.

N7Spartansw0rd said:

March 7th, 9:06 am

Awesome! been looking forward to this, didn’t expect it so soon!

Butters360 said:

March 7th, 9:13 am

May is gonna an AWESOME month for PS4. UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and now Overwatch. Stoked.

    whereymyconary said:

    March 7th, 10:24 am

    Nah uncharted getting delayed again till June.

L2-C2 said:

March 7th, 9:13 am

Didn’t see this coming out so soon. Isn’t that close to battleborn release date?

SIGMATIC_ said:

March 7th, 9:16 am

I don’t see it in the the PSN Store to Pre-Order?!?!? Any word on when its available to pre-order on the PSN Store?

Serendipitty said:

March 7th, 9:18 am

I’ve pre ordered through Amazon. Will I be able to get a code?

    whereymyconary said:

    March 7th, 10:26 am

    Should be, everytime I’ve pre ordered through them they sent me the codes. Just look at the bonus box under the price page window.

sealum01 said:

March 7th, 9:21 am

Overwatch looks fantastic, and PS4 support is very welcome! I’m looking forward to playing!

Seluhir said:

March 7th, 9:30 am

Was really hoping that Blizz would be the ones to deliver an awesome arcade style online TPS, but apparently they decided an that they wanted a piece of the highly oversaturated FPS genre too…

This one’s not for me.

    Welmosca said:

    March 7th, 11:53 am

    I agree about the 1st person issue…this game screams 3rd person like it would be so much better if it was in 3rd person but anyway it looks good.You should at least give it a try even if you hate 1st person.

    Seluhir said:

    March 7th, 1:17 pm

    Nah, I know myself well enough to know that would just be a waste of time. Thanks for the advice though. :)

    Oh well, it looks like its getting a good reception so it should be successful which is good for Blizzard, even if it means its a game I won’t play.

    Harerazer said:

    March 8th, 8:21 am

    I’m with Seluhir. I can’t for the life of me understand why 1st and 3rd person views are not optional in shooters nowadays. With “how great” the programmers are they can’t figure that one out…along with customizable control schemes. We had this back in the 16 bit days. They can show us every bead of sweat and blade of grass but can’t remap a controller? Just sad.

jchill001 said:

March 7th, 9:34 am

Why are they calling it a beta when it releases 3 weeks later? That is called a demo, betas are usually done months ahead of time

    AizawaYuuichi said:

    March 7th, 2:33 pm

    A demo is a cut of the final game. A beta is a work-in-progress, where they still plan to change balancing, and possibly key features and abilities. That’s why.

    jchill001 said:

    March 7th, 2:54 pm

    There isn’t much they can change in 3 weeks

    Seluhir said:

    March 7th, 4:06 pm

    Yes there is… I’ve seen games that got hundreds of balance tweaks in a 3 week timeframe.

    Content, you’re probably right. But balance? That can, and almost certainly will, change in that 3 week span.

    AizawaYuuichi said:

    March 9th, 11:56 pm

    If I’m not mistaken (which I’m not), The Division just held an open beta in mid-February, barely more than two weeks before the game came out. And on top of the data from both earlier closed betas, they made a number of changes based on the feedback from people who played during the open beta.
    There’s a ton they can change in three weeks. The amount of damage a skill does. The AoE radius or splash damage amount. Skill cooldowns. Buff and debuff strengths. Height modifiers, movement speeds, terrain effect on movement and skill use… the possibilities for changing and tweaking the game are quite substantial, and are all easily doable in a few weeks.
    Also, generally, offline games get demos. Online games and MMOs tend to get betas, as they use the period to test both game features/balance and server performance in order to tweak things before launch. From what I’ve noticed, this seems to have been a standard for quite some time now.

Valde_zerocool said:

March 7th, 9:41 am

Is the early access for digital purchase only? How does one access this is I pre ordered the physical collectors edition?

    Thorgrander said:

    March 7th, 9:54 am

    You are supposed to get an early access code from your retailer. If it was not available at the time just contact him with the receipt or account info and he will supply it when it is available. Just make sure it is before April 29, 2016.
    What I do not know is if the digital edition will come before April 29, 2016, or if at all. So I’m screwed. Pain of living in canada/quebec and paying way too much taxes/fees just for games.

MisterAxle said:

March 7th, 9:44 am

That first screenshot looks hilarious. :v

Also, do the cross-game bonuses (for D3, WoW, Heroes, SC2, and Hearthstone) come as a battle.net code or something?

Thorgrander said:

March 7th, 9:47 am

Nice! I want to preorder this. But all I see is physical. Is there any digital comming up to ps4 anytime soon?
I’m not a big fan of physical copies.

Welmosca said:

March 7th, 11:51 am

Damn I”ve read somewhere that Overwatch was coming to PS4 but I thought it was just a rumor…ha and you guys are making an open-beta now thats the real deal,awesome news!!.Count me in cuz I will be laying corpses down with Tracer like there is no tomorrow.

Its really nice to see Overwatch coming to PS4…good job Blizzard.

NinjaRaiden21 said:

March 7th, 1:04 pm

Need confirmation if PS Plus is needed or not :c

    MisterAxle said:

    March 7th, 1:25 pm

    Yes, of course you’ll need an active PS Plus account to play online.

    Roxous said:

    March 7th, 1:54 pm

    Anything that isn’t F2P or subscription based requires PS+ for online play.

fatjoe400 said:

March 7th, 3:39 pm

Really look forward to playing this and Smite this year on ps4. Preordering this asap

DOC_INCOGNITO said:

March 8th, 2:15 am

Thanks. I’ve been excited for Overwatch ever since it was announced, and now i’m even more hyped that it’s coming to PS4 along with a beta.

Rhoa23 said:

March 8th, 2:37 am

Why isn’t hearthstone on PS4, yet? Seems like the perfect platform.

    El_Pistolerio said:

    March 9th, 11:12 am

    It’d be so cool if it did come to PS4 with a second screen experience for Vita. The board would be on your TV but the cards in your hand would be on the vita :O

LEFT__4__DEAD__2 said:

March 8th, 8:23 am

I Would Love To Try This Game. :) Many Good Games.

Avalanche said:

March 8th, 4:04 pm

why call it a beta when its a demo.

    AizawaYuuichi said:

    March 9th, 11:58 pm

    Because it’s not. See above discussion.

phinnv8 said:

March 8th, 9:26 pm

Love Blizzard games but… a multiplayer only shooter with tiny static 6v6 size maps? Doesn’t look like a $60 game looks like $40 or even free to play. Seems like a TF2 clone.

godfather0208 said:

March 9th, 12:34 am

Im so hyped my classes im gonna play for sure will be:Roadhog,Thorbjorn,Reinhard(To help thorbjorns *Kappa* ,Genji,Hanzo,Reaper,Mcree

El_Pistolerio said:

March 9th, 11:01 am

Can I pre-purchase this game digitally? I haven’t seen that option on the store yet. Will that be an option in the near future?

    El_Pistolerio said:

    March 9th, 11:04 am

    Just kidding. It is indeed available to preorder digitally now.

darkfire244 said:

March 10th, 5:09 pm

I want this game so bad!

ThomasTheLlama said:

March 13th, 12:05 am

So I just pre ordered Overwatch on the ps store digitally. How and when will I get my early access for the beta code?

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