Finally, Blizzard have revealed a release date for the Overwatch Beta!

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I’ve been on quite the emotional journey with Blizzard’s first ever FPS, Overwatch. When it was first announced, I was completely indifferent and paid little attention. As the months passed however, and as character highlight videos popped up, my interest levels began to rise bit by bit. It wasn’t until Gamescom, when I got some hands on time with the title, that I was completely enamoured. Since then, I’ve been patiently awaiting concrete news on Overwatch’s Beta, and finally, finally, Blizzard have obliged.

The first phase of the Closed Beta will deploy on October 27 in the Americas gameplay region, and players may be added gradually to start (with more being invited as new features are ready to test). During this time, we’ll continue to make preparations for our Europe and Asia gameplay regions—our goal is to have Europe come online next, with Asia following at a later date.

We’re aiming to accomplish two primary goals with our public beta test: First, get tons of top-notch feedback on the gameplay—including balance, feel, and fun—to help us make Overwatch the best team-based shooter on the planet. Second, we want to hammer the heck out of our tech, including stress-testing our server infrastructure and making sure the game runs great on the widest variety of systems possible.

October the 27th? Why, that’s less than two weeks away! The only problem is that the beta will be kicking off in the Americas gameplay region first, with others following at a later time. Thankfully, Europe is the very next region on the list to receive access. I just hope that we won’t have to wait too much longer.

With regards to access, the Overwatch beta will not be available freely to everybody. If you want to dive into the awesome shooter, you’re going to have to play the Blizzard lottery and hope that you are one of the lucky few that gets chosen. If you’re interested in trying your luck, you can sign up for the beta right here.

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How long the beta will last is anybody’s guess. This is Blizzard after all, and they don’t follow any rigid schedule. I’m just glad that people, or at least those lucky enough to get access, will now be able understand why I’ve been so excited for this game!

Last Updated: October 15, 2015

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Cool. NOW, the thing is, is it a F2P or will it cost a lot?

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      EDIT: A certain minion loving hating person informed me it is F2P

      • hairyknees

        Where? I asked that at Gamescom and I don’t recall getting a solid answer 😛

  • Dutch Matrix

    Is he firing lightning from his chest or is she firing lightning from her crotch?

  • Nikola

    Will this come to PS4?

    • hairyknees

      Only PC for now as far as I know. I wouldn’t be surprised if Blizzard do take it to console though at some point. I mean, they took Diablo, a click-centric game and made it awesome for controller. This is a shooter, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t 🙂

      • Nikola

        Cool thank Mat, Yeah played Diablo on console was though of it not possible but was actually brilliant! I think they will it makes sense. Looks very cool though I love the art design and how the characters look.

  • SmurFyZA

    I basically wet my pants last nigh when I saw this. Just to be left disappointed with the fact that America will get to play first and EU only later.

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