Mention the word Overwatch in my presence and I’ll immediately bombard you with a million reasons as to why Blizzard’s shooter is literally the best thing ever. LITERALLY! It’s fun, varied, and when played with friends, makes for some of the best damn pewpewpewing I’ve experienced in recent years.
Problem is, as much as I want everybody to play the damn game, it’ll only be out next year sometime. Those playing it now only get to do so because they’ve made it into the closed beta pool of invites. They too, will be cut off from the fun though, at least for a little while, because Overwatch is taking a break starting this Thursday:
Since the start of the Overwatch beta in late October, aspiring heroes from around the world have battled it out in more than 900,000 matches. In this same period of time, we’ve also gathered invaluable information about our servers, core systems like matchmaking, and overall map and hero balance—thanks not only to the raw data we’ve collected from the game, but also to the numerous bug reports, suggestions, critiques, and experiences you’ve shared.
This phase of development has been key, but now it’s time to analyze the data we have, dig into your feedback even further, and put that knowledge to use as best we can. To accomplish this, we will be bringing the Overwatch Closed Beta offline for an extended break beginning on Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. PST. During this downtime, we’re looking forward to making more improvements to the game, as well as continuing to work on in-development features like spectating and progression.
Don’t worry, the closed beta will kick off once again sometime between mid-to-late January. If you have access now, you’ll have access to it then too.
The good news, for those who haven’t been lucky enough to grab an invite, is that the beta will get even bigger when it launches again next month. Blizzard plan on inviting more players when that time comes!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to spend the next three days shooting people in the face. Or making ice walls. Or creating casual crazy cold weather in a specific area to destroy my enemies. Dammit Blizzard, why are you taking my love away from me for so long?
Last Updated: December 7, 2015