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About Overwatch

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard's signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

Reviews

Overwatch
Overwatch
7.9

A new Blizzard franchise?! Is it everything the legendary creators are known for, or should the heroes of Overwatch have stayed in retirement?
Monday 30 May 2016 3:00pm | Xbox One | 18


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Videos

Overwatch’s Lucio...
Overwatch’s Lucio Joins Heroes of the Storm

The support character is now available to try on the Public Test Realm, where players can trial his healing abilities.
Wednesday 8 Feb 2017 8:14am | PC | 2

World of Warcraft Now...
World of Warcraft Now Lets Players Trade Game Time Tokens for Overwatch, Hearthstone Loot

Players can buy the tokens with gold, which formerly only allowed extra game time to be added to their account.
Tuesday 7 Feb 2017 1:17pm | PC | 2

Overwatch’s Year of...
Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster Event is Now Live

New skins, emotes, and other cosmetics arrive in this seasonal event, alongside a new Capture The Flag style game mode.
Wednesday 25 Jan 2017 9:13am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 4

Here’s What’s in...
Here’s What’s in Store for Overwatch in 2017

Game director Jeff Kaplan took some time to talk about the planned features for the colourful, team-based shooter.
Thursday 22 Dec 2016 1:22pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

Overwatch’s Holiday...
Overwatch’s Holiday Update Is Now Live, Has New Loot and Game Mode

Blizzard’s colourful shooter is getting into the festive spirit with a snow-ball fight game mode.
Wednesday 14 Dec 2016 9:12am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 7

Fan Hacks...
Fan Hacks Overwatch’s Sombra Into Street Fighter V

The industrious modder swapped out Laura’s model for the colourful shooter’s latest character.
Monday 28 Nov 2016 1:12pm | PC | 6

Overwatch’s Symmetra...
Overwatch’s Symmetra Gets Overhauled

The support hero in Blizzard’s colourful competitive shooter will be getting a second ultimate ability.
Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 1:18pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 6

Overwatch’s next...
Overwatch’s next Character Revealed, Gets Trailers

During Blizzcon, the developer finally dropped some details on the long-rumoured hero.
Monday 7 Nov 2016 8:19am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Overwatch Gets...
Overwatch Gets Halloween Seasonal Event

Maps have been given spookier themes, new costumes and outfits are available, and a first-ever PvE brawl too.
Wednesday 12 Oct 2016 8:08am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 7

Watch Overwatch’s...
Watch Overwatch’s New Animated Short, Featuring Bastion

Take a glimpse at the story behind the gatling-gun wielding robot in this brand new trailer from Blizzard.
Friday 19 Aug 2016 8:08am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 8

Overwatch’s next Map...
Overwatch’s next Map Is a German Castle

Titled Eichenwalde, the new hybrid assault/escort map coming this September promises to have very vertical elements.
Wednesday 17 Aug 2016 8:27am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

Overwatch Gets...
Overwatch Gets Olympics-Themed Event, New Game Mode

Titled Lúcioball, the new mode is a fast-paced spin on soccer where players need to punch and bounce a ball to score goals.
Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 8:12am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 4

Overwatch's New...
Overwatch's New Character Gets a Gameplay Trailer

A new trailer has been released showcasing gameplay for Overwatch's upcoming Sniper Support character, Ana.
Wednesday 13 Jul 2016 8:20am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 4

Overwatch Introduces...
Overwatch Introduces Ana and Gives Loot Box Reminder

Blizzard provides information on their new Overwatch character with an Origin Story video, and gives excited fans a reminder about Loot Boxes
Wednesday 13 Jul 2016 8:00am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Modders Bring...
Modders Bring Overwatch’s Tracer to Street Fighter V

Industrious modders have brought over Blizzard’s iconic new character, giving Cammy a new look.
Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 8:41am | PC | 5

Blizzard Details...
Blizzard Details Overwatch’s Competitive Mode

In a video, the game’s director Jeff Kaplan details how the mode will be different from its appearance in the beta.
Monday 20 Jun 2016 8:09am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Check out...
Check out Overwatch’s Soldier 76 in His New Trailer

In the fourth and final animated short for the season, we get a look at one of the game’s more conventional characters.
Monday 23 May 2016 8:00am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Get a Look at...
Get a Look at Overwatch's Ninjas in Action

Blizzard released a new animated short for their team-based first-person shooter, showcasing the might of its two ninja characters.
Tuesday 17 May 2016 8:30am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Overwatch’s Tracer...
Overwatch’s Tracer Joins Heroes of the Storm

The time-bending hero from Blizzard’s yet-to-be-released first-person shooter is joining the MOBA’s cast too.
Monday 18 Apr 2016 12:30pm | PC

Widowmaker Shows Her...
Widowmaker Shows Her Skills in Second Overwatch Trailer

The sniper and silent assassin showcases her abilities in this new Overwatch character-reveal trailer.
Monday 4 Apr 2016 10:30am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Overwatch Gets First...
Overwatch Gets First Animated Short, Introduces Winston

The trailer shows off the game’s lovable scientist gorilla, but also teases some unannounced heroes.
Tuesday 22 Mar 2016 10:50am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Blizzard Announces New...
Blizzard Announces New Game, Overwatch

Blizzard has unveiled their first new IP in 16 years - a class-based, multiplayer first-person shooter called Overwatch.
Monday 10 Nov 2014 8:51am | PC | 8


Previews

Overwatch: Closed Beta
Overwatch: Closed Beta

Does Blizzard have a future top-of-the-genre title on their hands? Or is it looking like the heroes of Overwatch should have stayed in...
Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 8:00am | PC | 1


Features

NZGamer.com 2016 Game...
NZGamer.com 2016 Game of the Year Winners

With your votes, the winners across 24 different categories have been selected. Did any of your favourites make it?
Friday 10 Feb 2017 3:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 3DS | iOS | Android | 22

Mark's Top Five Games...
Mark's Top Five Games of 2016

With 2016 winding down, Mark reflects on a memorable year of gaming. Find out his five favourites inside.
Thursday 15 Dec 2016 3:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 3DS | 7

Tony's Top Five Games...
Tony's Top Five Games of 2016

Shooters, a driving game, and a boy in a red shirt. Here is the list of Tony’s top five games of 2016.
Monday 12 Dec 2016 3:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 14

Ben's Top Five Games...
Ben's Top Five Games of 2016

A difficult task for any game reviewer. Not because he has to choose his best games - rather because he has to remember what’s he’s played.
Wednesday 7 Dec 2016 3:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 16

May 2016 Game Release...
May 2016 Game Release Schedule

May sees the launch of long-awaited games including Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Overwatch, Doom, Battleborn, and Fire Emblem Fates.
Friday 22 Apr 2016 9:30pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | 360 | PC | Vita | 3DS | 23

2016: What to Expect
2016: What to Expect

Angus takes a look at some of the most anticipated gaming releases for 2016, so that we can start saving up our moolah.
Wednesday 6 Jan 2016 5:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | 360 | Wii U | PC | Vita | iOS | Android | 23


News

Trailer Leaks for...
Trailer Leaks for Overwatch’s Chinese New Year Event

For the Year of the Rooster celebrations, skins for multiple heroes are shown, and possibly a new mode.
Tuesday 24 Jan 2017 9:38am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 6

Overwatch Gets Chinese...
Overwatch Gets Chinese New Year Event

Called Year of the Rooster, not much is known about the upcoming event, other than Mei and D.Va will get new costumes.
Friday 20 Jan 2017 8:16am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 3

NZGamer.com 2016 Game...
NZGamer.com 2016 Game of the Year Awards

What were some of your favourite picks for 2016? Head on inside and have your say by voting across 24 different categories!
Monday 16 Jan 2017 11:00am | PS4 | Xbox One | Wii U | PC | 3DS | iOS | Android | 25

Overwatch...
Overwatch Valentine’s Day Voice Lines Discovered

The next seasonal event could be one for all you love-birds out there, with Genji and Mercy having lines.
Tuesday 10 Jan 2017 1:17pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 6

Overwatch Comic...
Overwatch Comic Portrays Lesbian Relationship, Russia Blocks It

"In accordance with Russian law we cannot share this comic with our players on territory of Russian Federation."
Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 1:18pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 10

Terry Crews Would...
Terry Crews Would ‘Love To’ Star in Overwatch, Visits Blizzard HQ

The avid gamer said earlier that he would “love to play Doomfist,” one of the shooter’s possible upcoming characters.
Monday 19 Dec 2016 8:52am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 8

Overwatch’s Holiday...
Overwatch’s Holiday Event Is Right Around the Corner

There aren’t a lot of details to go on, other than a start date of December 13, and what appears to be a snowy version of an existing map.
Wednesday 7 Dec 2016 8:14am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

Report: South Korean...
Report: South Korean Government Cracks Down on Hacking

Those who break a new law could face five years in prison, or as much as $43,000 USD fines.
Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 9:39am | PC | 9

The Game Awards 2016:...
The Game Awards 2016: Winners List

If you didn’t tune in to the ceremony on Friday, don’t fret! Here are all nominees and winners for their respective categories.
Monday 5 Dec 2016 1:07pm | PS4 | Xbox One | Wii U | PC | Vita | 3DS | 25

Overwatch’s Latest...
Overwatch’s Latest Map Hits Test Servers

No news on when it will release for all users, but the map introduces some traffic-based hazards for players to watch out for.
Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 2:28pm | PC | 2

Xbox Black Friday Deals
Xbox Black Friday Deals

Microsoft has some cheap prices on offer, with title likes Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 among the savings.
Friday 25 Nov 2016 1:11pm | Xbox One | 13

Overwatch Fans Find...
Overwatch Fans Find Christmas Theme Tune

Data miners found the music in the game’s files, hinting to some seasonal holiday event.
Friday 25 Nov 2016 8:17am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

Overwatch Gets Free...
Overwatch Gets Free Weekend

If you’ve yet to dive into the colourful multiplayer shooter, Blizzard is making it free across all platforms for a limited time.
Friday 18 Nov 2016 1:21pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 6

Here Are All the...
Here Are All the Nominees for The Game Awards 2016

Heavy hitters include the likes of Doom, Overwatch, and Uncharted 4. Read the full list inside!
Thursday 17 Nov 2016 2:14pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 24

Overwatch’s Sombra...
Overwatch’s Sombra Is Now Available

The new patch – which is available on all systems – also brings a new feature, and Arena map for players to fight in.
Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 1:49pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 8

Players Dig up Art on...
Players Dig up Art on Blizzard Servers, Could Point to New Overwatch and Diablo Characters

Much talked-about character Sombra features prominently, but a pair of Necromancers have also shown up in a different picture.
Wednesday 2 Nov 2016 10:02am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Chris Metzen Retires...
Chris Metzen Retires from Blizzard

The long-time employee who has worked on Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, is leaving to spend time with his family.
Tuesday 13 Sep 2016 1:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Warcraft Adventure...
Warcraft Adventure Game Leaks, 18 Years after It’s Cancellation

Titled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, the game was cancelled in 1998 due to quality concerns from Blizzard.
Monday 12 Sep 2016 9:26am | PC

Overwatch Free Weekend...
Overwatch Free Weekend Starts Tomorrow on Consoles

Yet to jump into the competitive, colourful shooter? Blizzard is making the game available to PS4 and Xbox users for free this weekend.
Friday 9 Sep 2016 1:20pm | PS4 | Xbox One | 7

Overwatch’s First...
Overwatch’s First Competitive Season Ends next Week

The game’s first season will end on August 18, and players will earn Competitive Points they can cash in for golden weapon skins.
Monday 8 Aug 2016 2:08pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 8

Overwatch Passes 15...
Overwatch Passes 15 Million Players, World Cup Announced

The team-based first person shooter from Blizzard has hit an impressive milestone, and is getting an international tournament.
Friday 5 Aug 2016 1:32pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC

BlizzCon 2016 Virtual...
BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Tickets Now Available

If you can’t make it to the United States in person, don’t worry: Blizzard have you covered with access to HD streams.
Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 2:33pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | iOS | Android | 3

This Week's MyRepublic...
This Week's MyRepublic Gaming Night is Overwatch on Xbox One

This week, Kiwi gamers can get together to play Overwatch on Xbox One and win great prizes, as part of MyRepublic Gaming Nights.
Monday 25 Jul 2016 10:00am | Xbox One | 2

Overwatch’s New Hero...
Overwatch’s New Hero Is Live for All PC Players

Ana – the healing support sniper – will be arriving for console players soon, but no release date has been specified.
Wednesday 20 Jul 2016 8:28am | PC | 3

Overwatch’s next...
Overwatch’s next Character to Be Revealed Around San Diego Comic-Con

The hero – which is rumoured to be a sniping support – will show up around the event, possibly at a Blizzard-hosted panel.
Monday 11 Jul 2016 1:18pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Overwatch’s next...
Overwatch’s next Hero Might Be a Sniping Support

Developer Blizzard sent out a Tweet, hinting at the new character’s weaponry and loadout - a "prototype biotic rifle."
Thursday 7 Jul 2016 8:06am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Blizzard Suing...
Blizzard Suing Overwatch Hack Creator

The developer and publisher of the team-based colourful shooter is taking the German company to court over the cheating software.
Tuesday 5 Jul 2016 1:19pm | PC | 3

Overwatch Overtakes...
Overwatch Overtakes League in Korean Net Cafes

According to metrics collected from a third party, the game has taken the majority share that the popular MOBA once held.
Tuesday 28 Jun 2016 8:00am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 3

Overwatch’s Torbjorn...
Overwatch’s Torbjorn to Get Nerf on Consoles

The turret-building hero will have the damage of his machines reduced by 30 percent to accommodate for gamepad users.
Monday 27 Jun 2016 8:07am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

“Avoid This...
“Avoid This Player” Option Is Leaving Overwatch

The feature – which lets players decide if they’d like to match against certain adversaries or not – is being pulled.
Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 1:57pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 8

New Zealand’s Most...
New Zealand’s Most Popular Games in May

Has Uncharted 4 taken the top slot, or is Overwatch the winner for the month of May? Read the IGEA’s findings inside.
Thursday 2 Jun 2016 3:38pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 14

Gamer with Cerebral...
Gamer with Cerebral Palsy Praises Overwatch’s Accessibility Options

The Overwatch fan has praised the customisation abilities specifically, which allows players to map different controls for each character.
Thursday 26 May 2016 1:43pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 4

Blizzard Wants...
Blizzard Wants Overwatch to Be a Game You Can 'Play By Sound'

Blizzard want Overwatch players to be able to "play by sound", and have gotten a lot closer to that goal thanks to Dolby's Atmos surround sound.
Monday 21 Mar 2016 11:40am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 1

Overwatch Launches May...
Overwatch Launches May 24, Open Beta in Early May

Overwatch is getting an open beta on all platforms from May 5 through May 9, with early access for pre-order customers from May 3.
Tuesday 8 Mar 2016 9:10am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 5

The Weekend Chat: What...
The Weekend Chat: What Do You Want Out of a Beta Test?

Remakes, remasters, reboots, and backwards compatibility seem to be the order of the day, but what dormant game or series do you want to see...
Friday 12 Feb 2016 4:00pm | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | 360 | Wii U | PC | Vita | 3DS | iOS | Android | 6

Overwatch Closed Beta...
Overwatch Closed Beta Returns Next Week

The closed beta for Blizzard's upcoming shooter Overwatch will return on February 10, with new maps, a new game mode, and other updates.
Thursday 4 Feb 2016 1:25pm | PC | 1

Overwatch's...
Overwatch's Post-launch Heroes and Maps Will Be Free

When we patch a new hero into the game, we want it to be free and not as DLC," explained game director Jeff Kaplan.
Tuesday 8 Dec 2015 8:48am | PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 2

Overwatch Coming to...
Overwatch Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One in Autumn 2016

Blizzard have confirmed rumours of a console release for Overwatch, and announced a Collector's Edition and day-one edition.
Monday 9 Nov 2015 9:00am | PC | 3

Blizzard's Overwatch...
Blizzard's Overwatch Enters Closed Beta This Month

A closed beta for Overwatch will begin on October 27, and Blizzard will hold regular open beta weekends for stress testing purposes.
Thursday 15 Oct 2015 8:32am | PC

BlizzCon 2015 Dated,...
BlizzCon 2015 Dated, Tickets On Sale in April

This year's BlizzCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from November 6 - 7.
Friday 13 Mar 2015 10:01am | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | 360 | PC | 5

Blizzard's Overwatch...
Blizzard's Overwatch Runs Into Trademark Conflict

Blizzard's trademark application for the name Overwatch has been suspended, due to conflict with another, previously-registered mark.
Tuesday 13 Jan 2015 9:02am | PC | 4