Blizzard, the company behind such games as World of Warcraft, the Diablo series and Heroes of the Storm have officially announced that new characters and maps will be released in the form of free DLC for their eagerly anticipated, up-coming shooter, Overwatch.
The game itself was originally announced as a PC title, as are most Blizzard games but was confirmed for consoles earlier this year when GameStop starting take pre-orders listing the game for $60 on their website, confusing those that thought the game would be free-to-play.
So what does that mean for the future of the game? With any Blizzard title, microtransactions are highly likely to be included and Blizzard have already confirmed that additional character skins will be part of Overwatch’s DLC. So far Blizzard have launched two free-to-play titles in the form of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and the popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm, both of which have received additional support with money generated from additional content that can be bought using the earned in-game currency or real world money. Chances are Overwatch will be supported in the same manner.
On a personal note I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Overwatch can bring to the genre, Blizzard games have a reputation as being some of the very best in their respected genre’s so it’ll be interesting to see how Blizzard will make their name in what has to be one of the most competitive markets in gaming. Thankfully we don’t have long to wait as Overwatch is due for in the Spring of 2016. Until then you can follow just how the game is coming along through its development via its official blog which regularly posts updates keeping the anticipation at peak levels. We’ve included the following “developer update” video for your viewing pleasure: