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Overwatch is going on holiday from 10 December

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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


  1. Ottokie

    December 7, 2015 at 14:12

    On the 10th day of December Overwatch gave to me, 100 account logins, 50 “just going to check”, 70 twitter Beta updates. And no freaking BETA key!


    • VampyreSquirrel

      December 7, 2015 at 14:16



    • Admiral Chief - CHAAARGE!

      December 7, 2015 at 14:20

      To the top!


    • Hammersteyn

      December 7, 2015 at 14:23

      Shame man, that would be the only way to play a game for free that should be F2P in the first place.


      • Ottokie

        December 7, 2015 at 14:29

        That’s the plan, I am not forking out R1000 on a game I do not pre approve 😛


        • Admiral Chief - CHAAARGE!

          December 7, 2015 at 14:43

          I’d rather spend R100 on plat at 75% discount


          • Ottokie

            December 7, 2015 at 14:47

            I usually just drop a $5 on each one.

          • Admiral Chief - CHAAARGE!

            December 7, 2015 at 14:48

            I’ve only bought once, but, I’d rather spend R100 than R1000 on something that should have been F2P

          • Ottokie

            December 7, 2015 at 14:54

            True, a game needs some real meat on the bone to be able to ask that price. Not some PvP side to side pew pew over and over again.

          • Admiral Chief - CHAAARGE!

            December 7, 2015 at 14:55

            AND I still have about 200 plat left (got 375 I think)

            I just spend on slots! (hahaha)

          • Ottokie

            December 7, 2015 at 15:01

            I also have around 250 left, all for slots. But I will be done with collecting all the frames soon. Then it’s just guns.

          • Admiral Chief - CHAAARGE!

            December 7, 2015 at 15:11


    • VampyreSquirrel

      December 7, 2015 at 14:31

      Would be hilariously terrible if you got a code on the 9th of December XD *hides*


  2. Loftus

    December 7, 2015 at 14:18

    This game is on my watch list for console next year…


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