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Blizzard's first original franchise in years now has a release date. The company revealed earlier today that multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch will launch on May 24 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PCs.
Gamers won't have to wait until late May to give the game a shot. Blizzard will be hosting an all-access open beta from May 5-9 that includes access to the full roster of 21 characters and every map that will be offered at launch. Anyone that pre-orders a digital or physical copy of the game will get access for themselves and a friend a bit earlier (May 3-4 for the closed beta).
PC gamers that receive an early access beta key will be able to redeem it immediately through Battle.net. Those that opt for the console version can begin redeeming their codes on May 3, Blizzard notes.
Blizzard also revealed that Overwatch will be offered in three different packages. The $130 Collector's Edition includes a full-color visual sourcebook, the Overwatch soundtrack and a statue of one of the game's characters, Solider: 76. The $60 Origin Edition includes some custom skins for Overwatch and other Blizzard games while the cheaper $40 option offers only the core game experience.
Do you have any plans to pick up Overwatch? Were you able to get into the closed beta late last year? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.