Overwatch is the latest game from gaming behemoth Blizzard, which has made titles including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Hearthstone. The game's been out for ages now, but Blizzard is still regularly releasing free updates to keep the game's community engaged.

Here's everything you need to know about the game, including the latest news and rumours about deals, new heroes and maps, and seasonal events. And if you want to know what we thought of the game, read our full Overwatch review.

When was the Overwatch release date?

After months of waiting, Overwatch was released on 24 May 2016.

What platforms is Overwatch on?

Overwatch is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Overwatch screenshot

How much does Overwatch cost in the UK?

Digital editions of Overwatch Origins are available from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store at £54.99, and from Battle.net for PC at £29.99 (standard) and £44.99 (Origins).

You can also buy Overwatch Origins from various online retailers. The best deal we found was at Amazon for £26. 

To mark the game's one-year anniversary, Blizzard is also releasing a Game of the Year edition of Overwatch, which will be available digital-only from 23 May. It's a bit of an odd GOTY edition though, as most of the bonus goodies are for other Blizzard games.

Within Overwatch itself, you'll get 10 free loot boxes and a handful of hero skins. Elsewhere though, you get to play as Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, can have a baby Winston pet in World of Warcraft, can equip Mercy's wings in Diablo III, and get Overwatch portraits for Starcraft II and card backs for Hearthstone.

Who are the playable heroes?

With 21 characters (or heroes) at launch and two more added since, Overwatch has a similar feel to a MOBA like Heroes of the Storm. Rather than simply picking a different skin, you'll be able to play a character which suits your style. Here's the full Overwatch characters list:

•    Ana
•    Bastion
•    D.Va
•    Doomfist
•    Genji
•    Hanzo
•    Junkrat
•    Lúcio
•    McCree
•    Mei
•    Mercy
•    Orisa
•    Pharah
•    Reaper
•    Reinhardt
•    Roadhog
•    Soldier: 76
•    Sombra
•    Symmetra
•    Torbjörn
•    Tracer
•    Widowmaker
•    Winston
•    Zarya
•    Zenyatta

What's new in Overwatch?

Overwatch is regularly being updated with new maps and heroes, and the latest addition is Junkertown. It's an Escort map located in the Australian Outback. Blizzard says it is "Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches...and to survive."

Here's a brief look at the map

Another recent addition is an entire new game mode: Deathmatch

While Blizzard has long said it's only interested in objective-based game modes for Overwatch, it's changed its tune by announcing the introduction of Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes within the Arcade, along with a new map to play them on: Château Guillard.

Deathmatch is an eight-player free-for-all, where the first player to 20 points wins. A kill earns you a point, while dying from environmental or self-inflicted damage subtracts one. Team Deathmatch is six-vs-six and uses the same point system, with one wrinkle: if a dead player is resurrected before they respawn, the opponents don't get the point.

While Doomfist was only recently added to the game, Blizzard appears to already have another character in the works. If images that leaked on Imgur are to be believed, anyway.

The user that posted the images claims to be a developer at Blizzard, and the leak contains a drawing and renderings of a character allegedly known as 'Psyren'. The character is apparently a former member of Blackwatch and is a student of Reaper, according to its biography. 

There are questions about the authenticity of the leak as it does seem a little soon to be getting a new hero, and the artwork is more akin to something a fan would draw opposed to what Blizzard's artists would create. But hey, it's good to imagine right?

What's the next event?

The latest major Overwatch event is the 2017 Summer Games, a return of the popular Olympics-themed event from last year.

Naturally, there are plenty of new skins for players to unlock, along with the return of every skin from last year's Summer Games in case you missed any - all available at a discounted credit rate to help make it more manageable to complete your collection.

Lucioball is also back, with a return of last year's Rio map along with a new Sydney one. There's be a 3-week competitive tournament - with exclusive sprays up for grabs - while the mechanics have been tweaked slightly to make things more fun.

The Summer Games 2017 run until 29 August.