The Overwatch Beta Is Kicking Off Soon

October 27 to be exact. That's less than two weeks away.

You can sign up for the Beta here.

But this is no ordinary Beta. It's going to oscillate between a 'closed beta', made up of a small amount of testers who'll have regular access to the Beta, and Beta Test Weekends, where Blizzard will "open up the floodgates" in an attempt to test the Overwatch servers on a grander scale.

The first Beta Weekend is scheduled after Blizzcon, so my guess is either November 7 or the weekend after that, starting November 14.

Blizzard explained their reasoning:

"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."

The Beta is Windows only and it goes without saying that you'll need to have installed to play.

You can find out more about the Beta here.


    Squeeeeee :) you have no idea how excited I am for this :)

    Usually most games that are up to the open beta stage, are also close to a full release - although Blizzard is a different beast when it comes to betas, so it could be just wishful thinking. Either way, I can't wait to get hands on.

      Blizzard normally has pretty spot on Betas :) look at HOTS beta :) was basically a full game.

    Releasing the beta around Fallout 4 release?

    Sorry, Brozzard. No can do.

      It's happening 2 whole weeks before Fallout 4 gets released. Plenty of time to check it out.

        Fallout 4 is November 10th. So the 7th gives 3 days and the 14th is no good.

          I'm referring to the date the closed beta starts, October 27. My point is that you should at the very least sign up for it in case you get in, in which case you'll have the extra time. You've got nothing to lose, except a minute of your time.

            Oh yeah, I'm happy to give it a try. I signed up for the beta on the day the button appeared on the website.

            But if Fallout gets in the way, it will radiate glory and I'll be powerless to resist.


    I mean *ahem* this is ok news.

    As someone who isnt a hardcore FPS gamer, I am really looking forward to their take of the FPS genre. Just look at what they did to MOBA with HOTS.

    Looks good and a little different, just signed up myself so it'll be good to play it compared to just watching gameplay+commentary =)

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