Overwatch set to explode onto screens in May

In happier news, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch is even closer than we might have thought. The colourful shooter will enjoy a multiplatform launch – and a two-tiered beta – kicking off in May.

Following a bit of a retailer slip-up, the publisher has marked May 24 in the calendar for the game’s official launch on Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One, cementing the nebulous “Spring 2016” release.

If you pre-order the game, you’ll get sneaky access into an exclusive beta on May 4-5, and if you don’t, you get your beta access between May 6 and 10 (Australian time).

This is the first big game in a long time from Blizzard that has nothing to do with Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo – officially the studio’s first new property in nearly two decades.

Overwatch started out as one part of Project Titan, a game that wallowed around in development hell seemingly forever after being labelled as the successor to World of Warcraft.

…and while it’s taken the studio a long time to get to this point, the chosen launch date is an interesting one, with Overwatch hitting shelves just three weeks after a very similar game. Gearbox Software is launching Battleborn – another colourful, multiplayer, team-based shooter – on May 3, on the same platforms. May the best game win!

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