Overwatch character Mercy in a screenshot from the game.
It is a shooter based on the various abilities of a wide range of characters suited to different playstyles and in-game situations.
Micro-payments in Overwatch take the form of Loot Boxes, which include four cosmetic items.
These come in Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary varieties and do not directly impact the finely balanced gameplay Blizzard hopes will make Overwatch the next big pro-gaming phenomenon.
Two boxes – £1.59 / $1.99
Five boxes – £3.99 / $4.99
11 boxes – £7.99 / $9.99
24 boxes – £15.99 / $19.99
50 boxes – £31.99 / $39.99
Loot Boxes can be purchased through the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and through Battle.net for the PC version of the game.
Overwatch looks primed to be an enormous success after a very successful open beta which attracted more uses than those for Star Wars Battlefront, Destiny and Tom Clancy's The Division.