Blizzard’s Overwatch is coming this summer.
Overwatch is a team-based first shooter game that gamers have enjoyed over the time with, it will launch at PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24. This will be colorful, fast-paced gunplay for the gamers across all the world, who use all three platforms. But, they don’t have to wait till the end of May to get their hands on the game, Blizzard has already planned to launch a beta version that starts at May 5 and runs through May 9. One can get even earlier access by preordering the game, and they can also get an invite to join the beta on May 3 instead. The company has already positioned Overwatch as their next major franchise, which has intended to take the advantage of the hardcore audience that willingly spends over tens of billions of dollars across consoles and PC’s. And while Overwatch is going to be less than $100 release, Blizzard looks forward to easily shift this game into a reliable revenue generator by releasing fancy items as weapons and fancy characters like we’ve seen in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, and more.
Blizzard is in an alteration period and intends to change from relying primarily on its mega successful World of Warcraft to Overwatch. It still has World of Warcraft as a mega revenue generator, but they are now also seeing good returns from their digital card battler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and multiplayer online arena battler game Heroes of the Storm. Overwatch is part of this effort to differentiate in their gaming sector. Unlike its other recent releases, this shooter is not free-to-play — but the company says it wants to ensure that everyone has it and all of 21 characters can be accessed. This is also a new kind of release for the modern Blizzard that is trying turn a new leaf into the gaming future. The company has not sent out its games on PC and consoles at the same time earlier. Diablo III, was its only version of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game, to debut on those systems long after hitting PC and that was long time back. This will indeed be a risk for Blizzard to maximize the game’s revenue, and that will help the company coast into supporting Overwatch with its new content for the long term.
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