Overwatch – Blizzard Announces Official Beta Start Date

Overwatch, the upcoming ‘pick-up-and-play’ multiplayer PC shooter from Blizzard, finally has a date on which we can expect its highly anticipated beta to begin.

That date is October 27, the studio announced today, though the process does require some explanation. If you’re not selected to take part in the core closed beta, it sounds like there’ll still be some opportunity to get a taste of Overwatch in other ways.

“We’re aiming to accomplish two primary goals with our public beta test,” Blizzard wrote in today’s update. “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.”

To accomplish this, Blizzard is dividing participants up into two groups, each with their own specific goals and schedules.

“The Closed Beta group will form the core of our testing crew,” the studio explained. “In addition, we’ll be conducting a number of Beta Test Weekends with wider groups of players when it’s time to break out the big guns.”

So, if you haven’t already, you should probably sign up here. You’ll also find plenty more details on the two different beta groups in that link, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested. The Overwatch beta will be Windows-only and players will need a Battle.net desktop app installed in order to run it.

Good luck getting in!

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