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Overwatch code hints at console plans

Don't feel glum about missing out on Blizzard's stylish new online shooter - the studio may already be planning to bring Overwatch (opens in new tab) to consoles. According to snippets of code discovered (via Eurogamer (opens in new tab), and since removed) on Overwatch's official European site (opens in new tab), the game is "Blizzard's team-shooter for PC and consoles."

Better still, Overwatch fan site Overpwn (opens in new tab) spotted two strings within Overwatch's beta source code that reference PlayStation Network and Xbox Live authentication. Those would be pointless if the game was only intended for Battle.net, so they're another strong clue that it won't be a PC exclusive for long. Blizzard is best known as a PC developer, though it has brought some notable games to console. Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition is still one of the best couch co-op experiences on PS4 and Xbox One more than a year later.

Blizzard has said it would be "exciting" to bring Overwatch to consoles (opens in new tab), though it's never gone on record with anything more official than that. If the studio is planning to make an announcement, you may not have to wait long to hear it - BlizzCon 2016 begins on Friday.

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.