If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Closed Tests And Murderfests: Overwatch Beta Details

Fancy a bash?

I've been a bit down on what we've seen of Blizzard's upcoming FPS Overwatch [official site] in gameplay videos - it looks too spammy with a cacophony of sound effects and more flash than a Flaming Lips gig - but I'm still curious. If anyone will rework and revisit a game until it's all shiny and fine, it's Blizzard.

So sure, I'll toss my name into the hat for beta access, which Blizzard have announced will begin on October 27th - in North America, anyway. They're planning weekend stress tests inviting everyone too, with the first coming after November's BlizzCon.

If you want to sign up, head this-a-way.

Prepare to wait, though. Blizzard say the number of folks let in at first "will be extremely limited" so they can get focused feedback. They "may" gradually add players over time, and I'd be surprised if they didn't - that's the classic Blizzard beta way. This closed testing will begin for players in the North American region on October 27th, but all Blizzard have to say about Europe and Asia is they will "follow".

That's okay, though. They're also planning beta test weekends when they let all and sundry in to shoot faces, though they'll have limited maps, modes, characters, and so on. Blizzard say the first of these will come some time after BlizzCon, which this year is November 6th and 7th.

Unlike me, Graham has actually played Overwatch so he's almost certainly a more useful opinionspout here. Here's a video from Blizzard a few months back showing one character Graham played with:

About the Author

Alice O'Connor avatar

Alice O'Connor

News Editor

When not writing news, Alice may be found in the sea.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles