Overwatch is back in beta next week

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Overwatch Beta is back next week

Overwatch was an addiction of mine when it went into closed beta near the end of last year, and I’ve been missing it ever since Blizzard took it offline for the holidays. In that time they’ve been busy too, tinkering with all the feedback they’ve received over the last beta period to launch a different, more refined multiplayer experience when it comes back online. And just as promised, it’s going to be really soon.

The Overwatch beta will be back online on February 9th in America and the USA, and a few days later in Europe. Blizzard revealed the news while promising that all previous beta entrants will still have access, on top of the many more thousand invites that will be sent out to new players. So it’s a good time to opt-in now if you haven’t already.

This won’t be the same game that we played last year though. Overwatch now has a progression system outside of matches, which will take stats and progress across now two different game modes. The new game mode is still a bit of a mystery, but Blizzard have said that it shakes up the standard formula rather drastically. There’s also a pair of new maps, some much needed character rebalancing and new Private Match options – including modes featuring full A.I enemies for you to practice with.

The time offline has certainly been well spent, and I don’t doubt for a minute that Blizzard will do it again sometime before the game’s actual launch in June this year. Overwatch is going to live or die by its balance and content in the first month, so these extensive tests only prove Blizzard’s dedication to that.

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And we get to play more Overwatch in less than a week, which is always fine by me.

Last Updated: February 4, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Guild

    🙁 Still no access for us plebs

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      They are scared you are going to drop it

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    My hype has died.

    There is only XCOM 2 now
    (pre-load is active!!!)

    I dunno, I’m just not excited about Overwatch anymore

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      Maybe a blue hypetrain pill would help?

    • HairyEwok

      I love how even when you pre-order the game you’re not guaranteed beta access. That’s what made me go meh skip for now.

  • Jan Prins

    Overwatch, featuring from Left to Right:
    JC Denton, Marcus Fenix Lite, Dog (Half Life 3 Confirmed) Shamus’ (Metroid Prime) Ugly Cousin, Obligatory Girl Character Almost Sexy Enough to Cause a Storm among SJW’s

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      JC Denton FTW

      Also

      CANNOT UNSEE

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    How felicitous.

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