Overwatch Closed Beta Begins October 27 in North America

By   /   Oct 14, 2015
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Details have been revealed for the upcoming Overwatch Beta testing. Featuring Closed Beta Test sessions as well as Beta Test Weekends players can sign up to take part in the test now.

In their announcement about the Overreach testing phases Blizzard revealed that the beta will officially begin October 27. Invites will be sent out soon for the first batch of recruits, so sign up now if you want to be a part of it.

With the public beta testing Blizzard will be looking for feedback from players, especially on balance, feel and fun. As with other tests they also want to put their servers under some stress so that they can see what improvements they will have to make to the server infrastructure.

The testing will be done in two forms:

Closed Beta
This testing will take place with a smaller number of testers who will have regular access to the Public Beta Test. This is a more focused group which will be providing feedback to the developers and Blizzard hope will openly discuss and dissect every aspect of the game in the beta forums.

Although the number of people in this test will be limited, more will be added in time. The first phase of this testing will begin October 27 in the Americas, with Europe and Asia regions being added later.

Beta Testing Weekends
These weekends will be used for stress testing the servers. The aim is to get as many players onto the servers as possible to see how well they handle the onslaught, and what needs to be changed to improve the game during heavy load times.

The version of the beta test used for the weekend phases will more restricted than the Closed Beta as this is more about stress-testing rather than feature testing.

Blizzard also announced that the Overwatch beta will be Windows-only which may disappoint some fans. Details about the beta will be emailed to you if you’ve been accepted on either the Closed Beta testing or weekend testing.

Are you looking forward to trying out Overwatch? Let us know your thoughts below.

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