Overwatch

Blizzard's take on the first-person shooter sees a generosity of character accompanied by beautifully deep mechanics.

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28th December 2016

2016: A year in review

26th May 2016

Overwatch Review

10th May 2016

Face-Off: Overwatch

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Overwatch's Anniversary event returns this week

Week-long free trial kicks off on Tuesday 21st May.

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BlizzCon 2019 dates and collectibles announced

Won't be able to get there on footman.

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Here's what Baptiste, Overwatch's new hero, can do

Blizzard gives its new combat medic the full reveal.

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FeatureCharacter before condition - looking at gaming and autism representation

It's time to take a good look at autism in video games.

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Another central Overwatch character has an LGBT backstory

UDPATE: Ana's short-story skin released as part of special new challenge.

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Overwatch team discovers female player was an imposter

UPDATE: Blizzard issues warning to potential copycats.

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FeatureThe big Overwatch BlizzCon interview with Jeff Kaplan

"We have our next six heroes planned out right now."

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Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Statements mention "several new games" in development.

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Esport "killer games" aren't right for Olympics, says IOC

"We cannot have ... a game which is promoting violence."

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Overwatch is having another free weekend on PC

Get your Hanzo-n it this Thursday.

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Blizzard says Overwatch's new systems are already improving in-game behaviour

But we're not sure of the impact in Europe just yet.

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Overwatch's new hero is a hamster

UPDATE: Wrecking Ball rolls out next week.

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Overwatch pro team manager reveals brutal, 72-hours a week training regime

And now people are worried for the players' health.

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Overwatch's second anniversary brings back Seasonal Brawls

I wish it could be Christmas everyday (for about four weeks).

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Overwatch League takes disciplinary action against four players

UPDATE: Dallas Fuel has let Félix "xQc" Lengyel go.

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New Overwatch hero looks like one of our heroes, says Paladins maker

"Would that make me the pot calling the kettle black?"

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Overwatch hero 27 in the spotlight as the teasing begins

UPDATE: Schematic of shield and... jetpack cat tweeted.

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The Overwatch League has its first female player

"World's Best Zarya" Geguri joins Shanghai Dragons.

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Digital FoundryOverwatch on Xbox One X: does its dynamic 4K scaler hold up?

A big upgrade over the standard console - and PS4 Pro.

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Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

UPDATE: More than 10 million viewers during opening week.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

UPDATE: EA says Battlefront 2's loot crates “are not gambling”.

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What we learnt from Blizzcon's Overwatch Archives panel

Including the Jetpack Cat that never was.

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VideoWatch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

"I've learned over the years to just not talk in games."

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Blimey it's a new Overwatch map, hero and animated short

Support healer Moira and new map Blizzard World.

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FeatureLetter from the meta: This week's top Hearthstone decks

Along with all the latest news from Metabomb.

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Blizzard now lets you gift Hearthstone card packs to friends

And Overwatch loot boxes, WOW pets, etc.

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World of Warcraft dominates BlizzCon 2017 schedule, wink wink nudge nudge

But there will be no Diablo announcements this year.

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Overwatch's new escort map Junkertown is now live on all platforms

Along with all the changes to Mercy and D.Va.

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Blizzard lays down the law on Overwatch toxic behaviour

"It really bums us out to spend so much time punishing people for being bad sports."

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Overwatch update to let Mercy resurrect players as a regular move

But only resuscitate one at a time with a 30 second cooldown.

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Blizzard to livestream Gamescom "Reveal Ceremony" on Wednesday

Overwatch animated short confirmed. May be time for a new WoW expansion too.

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Why Overwatch on console is in desperate need of a report button

UPDATE: Blizzard says console reporting feature still on the way.

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Battle.net renamed Blizzard Battle.net

Bigger name change rejected, new logo erected.

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New Overwatch patch "drastically" reduces amount of duplicates

The best things in life come in small packages.

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Overwatch is decreasing duplicate loot and adding new highlight options

"We think this will be immediately evident and extremely significant."

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Overwatch's Horizon Lunar Colony moon map goes live

Alongside notable Reaper, Roadhog and McCree changes.

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VideoWatch: Johnny plays Overwatch live

Moving the payload from 3pm

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The next Overwatch map takes us to the moon

"Through the miracle of science!"

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Overwatch Anniversary event this coming Tuesday

UPDATE: Blizzard shares glimpse of new Arena maps.

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Overwatch Insurrection trailer leaks, shows today's new PvE mode

UPDATE: New co-op mode now live through 1st May.

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FeatureJeff Kaplan on the pressures of being Overwatch's game director

"Literally all night, every night, I'm thinking about the game."

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FeatureSay it in less

On the joy of leaving your mic off in multiplayer.

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Blizzard says cheerio to Battle.net branding

Remember when it launched with Diablo 20 years ago?

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New Overwatch tank hero Orisa goes live today

UPDATE: Significant Lucio changes revealed.

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Bastion is "too powerful right now", says Overwatch director

"Balance changes can be very difficult to make when emotions run so high."

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Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

"It's important to show normal things as normal..."

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Metabomb is hiring a Staff Writer!

The world could always use more heroes.

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D. Va bunny flag and stickers spotted at South Korean Women's March

UPDATE: The National D. Va Association has been in touch.

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Overwatch celebrates Chinese New Year with new Mei, D. Va skins

UPDATE: The Year of the Rooster is now live!

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Blizzard teases Overwatch plans for 2017

New heroes! Maps! A custom server browser! More!

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FeatureEurogamer's game of the year 2016

This old dog still knows a few tricks.

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Blizzard apologises for Mei's divisive winter wardrobe

"Our 'cool meter' was off from yours on this one."

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FeatureOverwatch has become my favourite tawdry soap opera

On the family squabbles, romances and gags that make a great shooter feel special.

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Overwatch's Winter Wonderland seasonal content is now live

Adds new mode: Mei's Snowball Offensive.

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Overwatch's Symmetra is getting a choice of two ultimates

UPDATE: We take a look at her new photon barrier in action (it's brilliant).

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Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel cancelled

"We've ultimately decided to take the story in a different direction."

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Chris Metzen on why he needed to leave Blizzard

"I started having panic attacks left and right."

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VideoWatch: Johnny plays Overwatch live

Arcade mode and Sombra from 3pm.

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PodcastThe Eurogamer Podcast #20: Blizzcon and Barcelona

Aren't games a bit like big churches?

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Overwatch will be free to play during next weekend

But it requires PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.

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VideoWatch: Hands-on with Overwatch's Sombra

ARG, no direct capture allowed!

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Blizzcon 2016 live report

Imagine if they don't actually reveal Sombra.

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Overwatch's D.Va to be an announcer in Starcraft 2

D.Va and Kerrigan in the same game? Is this a crossover episode?

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Anti-Trump ad alleges candidate "mains Hanzo" in Overwatch

"And complains about about team comp in chat."

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The Overwatch kid who challenged ageist stereotypes

"We tend to say sorry about our squeaky voices..."

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What we expect from Blizzcon 2016

Sombra? Hearthstone expansion? More?

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Overwatch team working on two new heroes and six maps

And significant changes to Symmetra.

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Blizzard story overlord Chris Metzen retires aged 42

"I won't lie - it's going to be really hard stepping away."

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Overwatch guide: heroes, maps, mechanics and more!

Every gameplay guide you could possibly want for Blizzard's first shooter.

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Overwatch will be free to play next weekend on console

Requires Xbox Live Gold, but not PlayStation Plus.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different

"Mommy says people my age shouldn't suck their thumbs."

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VideoWatch: What's next for Overwatch?

Chris interviews the game's Principal Designer, and makes hearts at him.

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Looks like Blizzard silently improved Overwatch server tick rate

UPDATE: Confirmed. Apparently now more responsive than CS:GO. Being "explored" on consoles.

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Overwatch "taking action" against Lucio Ball exploiters

Plus: Competitive play season one pay-outs divulged.

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Overwatch has over 15m players worldwide

It's been played half a billion hours.

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Overwatch players divided over Summer Games loot boxes

"We actually don't expect all players will get all Summer Games items."

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Overwatch Olympic Games Rio loot boxes spotted with limited edition skins

UPDATE: Blizzard announces, releases new game mode Lúcioball.

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"ARE THEY GONNA BAN ME FOR USING PAINT NOW TOO"

Oh the things banned Overwatch cheats say.

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FeatureFeast your eyes on the best Overwatch fan art around

A huge collection of our favourite pieces.

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VideoWatch: Which ultimates can Overwatch's new hero interrupt?

"I think justice could use a little nap."

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Overwatch Competitive Play to forbid doubling up on heroes

UPDATE: PTR patch notes reveal upcoming hero changes.

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FeatureI've got a theory about those unnamed Overwatch heroes in Ana's origin video

UPDATE: Two secret codes were found, and they point towards Sombra.

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Our first look at Overwatch's new hero, Ana

UPDATE: Watch Bratt play her on the PTR.

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Overwatch updated to address Competitive Play skill rating issues when people leave games

UPDATE: Change definitely live but Blizzard concerned calculations "don't make sense" to players.

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Overwatch patch fixes Zarya, Winston and Mercy bugs

Shortens Competitive Play Sudden Death timers.

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Overwatch teases its next hero, probably a support sniper

UPDATE: Will be revealed within the next two weeks.

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Overwatch will remove the "avoid this player" feature

"The results were pretty disastrous, " says Kaplan.

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Golden Overwatch weapons to be a reward for Competitive Play

UPDATE: Pictures of the golden weapons leak!

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Digital FoundryOverwatch PC performance graphics guide

The chase for 60fps, and the hardware required to get the job done.

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FeatureOverwatch: Blizzard answers the big questions

Competitive play! Server tick rate! Balance! More!

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Overwatch already has more than 7m players

It's been played for a combined total of 119m hours.

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Digital FoundryHow does Overwatch run on budget PCs?

Digital Foundry targets 60fps on sub-£100 graphics cards.

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Overwatch fastest-selling Blizzard game on console in UK

Take that, Diablo PSone, StarCraft 64 etc.

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Is Blizzard scrubbing the internet of Overwatch porn?

Or is the publisher simply protecting its assets?

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PodcastThe Eurogamer Podcast - Overwatch, Doom and Total War: Warhammer

This is a really good week to talk about video games.

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EssentialOverwatch Review

O Kaplan! My Kaplan!

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Overwatch fan with cerebral palsy thanks Blizzard for custom controls

"Because of you I made my first snipe in a video game today."

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Shot standing behind a wall: why isn't Overwatch's tick rate higher?

The blemish on otherwise exemplary netcode performance.

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Overwatch Competitive mode to return roughly end of June

UPDATE: Actually, it turns out it's back on for June.

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Here's how much Overwatch's microtransactions cost in the UK

Loot boxes can all be obtained through play, only feature cosmetic items.

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FeatureAbout that Sombra Overwatch character, and other things besides

An interview with senior gameplay designer Michael Chu.

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Giant Overwatch action figures appear around the world

"Prices and participation will not vary. The figures are priceless, and participation is not possible."

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Fans believe a new Overwatch hero called Sombra could be unveiled on Monday

She's maybe a support sniper, and maybe Pharah's mother.

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Here's help with finding the perfect Overwatch group

Our sister site MetaBomb has teamed up with matchmaking tool The100.

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Overwatch open beta had 9.7m players

Blizzard's biggest beta ever.

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Digital FoundryFace-Off: Overwatch

Highly polished on all platforms, with PC offering further refinement.

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Overwatch open beta extended by a day

Still time to Winston games.

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Feature15 tips to get you started in Overwatch

Pharah more enjoyable experience.

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No Overwatch Competitive Play during open beta

UPDATE: Game won't change from now until launch, but a "TON" of content coming after.

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Overwatch closed beta is ending next week

But the open beta will follow in early May.

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Overwatch beta adds new season-spanning Competitive Play mode

Penalises players who bail too often mid-game.

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VideoWatch: How does Overwatch play on consoles?

Hands-on with the Xbox One and PS4 versions.

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Overwatch release date confirmed

UPDATE: Open beta for all platforms coming in early May.

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FeatureSelling loot boxes and the trouble with ranked play - Blizzard on Overwatch

"I think players who claim they want competitive play are often not agreeing on what 'competitive play' actually means."

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PodcastThe Eurogamer Podcast

We talk Overwatch, Firewatch, Homefront and Hitman.

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Watch: Overwatch's progression system detailed

No level cap! Loads of Loot! Beta now live!

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Overwatch closed beta returns next week

Adds a new game mode, two new maps, and AI matches.

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Overwatch closed beta delayed until February

New game mode to be included.

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FeatureBlizzard: why we won't sell Overwatch heroes

"I totally get why players had apprehension."

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Overwatch's post-release heroes and maps will be free

"Hopefully that alleviates some concerns that people have."

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Overwatch beta to go offline next week

Will return in "mid-to-late January".

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VideoWatch: Hands-on with Overwatch's new heroes at Blizzcon

But will you have to buy new heroes after release?

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Blizzard's Overwatch is a full-price game, not free-to-play

And yes, the console version is confirmed.

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BlizzCon 2015 live report

Overwatch on console! New Hearthstone Adventure! Warcraft movie trailer debut! No Diablo. Sad face.

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Overwatch: Origins Edition hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One spring 2016

Announcement expected at BlizzCon 2015 tonight.

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Why everyone thinks Blizzard's Overwatch is coming to console

UPDATE: US retailer begins taking console pre-orders.

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FeatureTitan's soul: a day with Overwatch

Never beta 'gainst Blizzard.

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Overwatch beta now live in Europe and America

Qualifying players gain access to Blizzard's new game over the next 12 hours.

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Overwatch closed beta begins this month (in the Americas)

Open beta weekends to follow shortly thereafter.

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Overwatch's newest character is Soldier: 76

UPDATE: 10 minute gameplay video released.

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Is Overwatch related to Blizzard's failed MMO Titan?

"There are things from Titan in Overwatch, but…"

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Blizzard details Overwatch, its upcoming competitive first-person shooter

"We wanted to give players other things to do than put crosshairs on targets."