BlizzCon 2015: Overwatch gets final character trailers, will not be free-to-play

Blizzard have revealed two new retail editions for their upcoming shooter Overwatch during the game’s panel at the BlizzCon fan convention. They also dropped a trailer that reveals the game’s final three playable characters.

New characters announced today include D.Va, a mounted character who gets around on crazy pink mech, Mei, a character that totes an ice gun and Genji, who appears to be an armoured ninja who can shoot shuriken from a gauntlet on his wrist. The new trailer brings the total playable characters at launch to 21.

Blizzard also announced an Origins Edition and a Collector’s Edition for Overwatch which will come with extra goodies and skins for those who pick up it. The most important thing about these editions is that it gives final, definitive proof that the game will not be free-to-play as some had speculated.

Overwatch: Origins Edition will get you all 21 heroes and five skins that Blizzard says “harken to the backstories” of each character. This edition will also come with a number of Blizzard-y extras, like a pet from World of Warcraft for instance. This edition will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The Overwatch: Collector’s Edition will get you everything from the Origins Edition, plus a bronze statue of the Soldier: 76 character, a copy of the soundtrack and a source book.

Blizzard says the game itself will run you US$40 for the PC version and US$60 for the Origins Edition across all platforms. The standard edition will not be made available on consoles.

For Australian players, your best bet for securing the Collector’s Edition will be through Amazon but pre-orders are also open on Battle.net right now.

Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter, currently in closed beta. It’s due to release before late June 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.