The Future Arrives May 24—Overwatch™ Prepares for Battle on PC, PS4™, and Xbox One

Play Overwatch free May 5–9 during open beta for
all three platforms

Pre-purchase the team-based shooter of tomorrow TODAY at
and get a head start on the open beta for you and a friend

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Assemble your team and prepare your defenses—the fight for the future is
about to begin! Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Overwatch™
will arrive in stores on Windows® PC, PlayStation®4
computer entertainment system, and Xbox One starting May 24.††
Heroes from around the world can join the coming conflict by
pre-purchasing Blizzard’s team-based first-person shooter today at

In addition to receiving the previously revealed Noire skin for
Widowmaker, Overwatch’s ice-cold assassin, players who
preorder or pre-purchase the game for PC, PS4™ system, or Xbox One will
also get a two-day head start on the upcoming Overwatch open beta
for themselves and a friend. In the open beta, players will
have an opportunity to play all 21 heroes and experience the intense
action, tactical depth, and vibrant world of Overwatch prior to
the game’s release. Following the head-start period on May 3–4 for
those who have preordered, gamers everywhere will be able to assemble a
team of friends and check out the game free during the all-access
period from May 5–9. To learn more about the open beta, players
can visit the official

Overwatch is a team shooter for everyone, with deep,
cooperative gameplay, fast and fun competitive action, and a diverse
range of larger-than-life heroes,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder
of Blizzard Entertainment. “We think PC and console players everywhere
will have a great time in the game, and we’re excited to give everyone a
chance to try Overwatch out for themselves ahead of its May 24

The Story So Far. . . .

In Overwatch, players join the ranks of a legendary force of
soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities, and clash on the
battlefields of a near-future Earth. The game features a diverse cast of 21
—each with their own unique arsenal of extraordinary weapons
and incredible abilities. Teamwork is critical as players complete
objectives, swap heroes on the fly, and combine their powers to
game-changing effect—the action is intense, immediate, and fun.

Since the world last caught up with Overwatch at BlizzCon®
2015, Blizzard has introduced a number of game features in the ongoing
closed beta test. In a new map type, Control, teams battle to
capture and hold objectives in locations such as an omnic village in the
mountains of Nepal and a high-tech skyscraper in a Chinese metropolis. Overwatch’s
new progression system awards players with Loot Boxes
containing an array of cosmetic items to personalize heroes, including
sprays, emotes, voice lines, and skins such as Punk Tracer and Safari

In addition to Quick Play mode, which automatically matches
players with teammates and opponents of similar skill online, players
can test their mettle against computer-controlled opponents in a new Play
Vs. AI mode
, while Custom Games allow players to set special
rules for hero switching, damage modifiers, and more. And there’s more
to come in the future: Blizzard plans to patch in new heroes and maps
post-launch at no additional cost. To keep up with the latest Overwatch
news, head to the official

Meanwhile, In Stores Everywhere. . . .

Windows PC, PS4™ system, and Xbox One gamers will be able to join the
fight for the future by picking up Overwatch: Origins Edition
(SRP: $59.99), which comes with hero skins for five characters based on
their storied pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison
(Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream
Tracer. It also includes a cache of Overwatch-themed content
for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including a Baby Winston pet
for World of Warcraft®, Tracer hero for Heroes
of the Storm
®, and more—visit
for the complete Origins Edition details.†††

Overwatch will also be available in a limited-edition,
retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99, Windows/PS4™ system/Xbox
One), which contains the digital content from Origins Edition
along with a full-color visual sourcebook, the Overwatch
soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the
vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison. Windows
PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition ($39.99,
digital only), which provides the core Overwatch experience.

Overwatch will be available in English, Latin American Spanish,
Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish,
Russian, Korean (PC only), Japanese (PC and PS4™ system only), and
traditional and simplified Chinese (PC only).†† Overwatch has
been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Overwatch, visit the official
. For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit the
Blizzard Entertainment press site at

With multiple games in development, Blizzard has numerous positions
currently available—visit
for more information and to learn how to apply.

Offer available by pre-purchasing digitally
or preordering at select retailers until April 29, 2016—players should
check with their local retailer to find out whether they are
participating. Players who previously pre-purchased or pre-ordered
at participating retailers are also eligible to participate—players
should contact their store for details.

††Beta/launch plans for mainland China will be
announced at a later date.

††† account required. World of
Warcraft, StarCraft® II, Heroes of the Storm®,
Diablo® III content available on Windows/Mac®.
Hearthstone® content available on
Heroes of the Storm Tracer hero will
also be available separately—further details will be announced at a
later date.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (,
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of
the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service,®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking
: Information in this press release that involves
Blizzard Entertainment’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies
regarding the future, including statements about Overwatch,
including with respect to its launch date, features, and gameplay, are
forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of
risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report
on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information
available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the
date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision
Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may
ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of
the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard
and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which
are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
from current expectations.


Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Rob Hilburger
VP, Global
Public Relations Manager
949-955-1380 x12508