The Overwatch Beta, Blizzard’s Team Fortress look-alike is about to start. North and South American gamers will be able to enter the beta first with Asia and Europe following closely some time later.
Blizzard has announced that the closed Beta for the N&S American regions will start on the 27th of October and a tiny amount of testers will be accepted as regular tester. Blizzard’s upcoming shooter, which resembles Valve’s Team Fortress is the company’s first franchise in over 17 years – Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone don’t really count because they are based on the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo universe – with the latter lacking completely from the company’s trading-card game.
Furthermore, we have found out that players will be gradually let into the Overwatch Beta. Europe is next in line, while Asian regions will be the last to play the game.
Plenty Beta Test Weekends will be held, says Blizzard, for a wider array of players. The motive? To test the server’s hardware capabilities – in essence, to make sure that it can withstand wave after wave of players logging into the game. We all remember the Diablo III fiasco, right?
If you want to be part of the Overwatch Beta, you need to access the Battle.net desktop app – it’s available only for Windows users, unfortunately. Chosen users for the first closed beta phase will receive all the information they need via email, so you better check that spam folder twice a day just in case somebody up there doesn’t love you as much as you thought.
If you have opted-in for the Overwatch Beta you’ll have a shot to be selected by Blizzard, if not, there’s still time. Just go to Battle.net and opt in for the beta on your account.
Overwatch was first announced in November of 2014, and it had a glorious Pixar-like début.
The video-game studio that brought us Thrall and Arthas has recently released new 1080p game footage. Clips featuring Mercy, Hanzo, Zenyatta and McCree have surfaced and Blizzard fans have gone wild with excitement. We don’t have a release date yet – we only know that Overwatch is currently in development for PC and Mac.
The Overwatch Beta will begin shortly before Blizzcon starts – the highlight event any die-hard Blizzard fan must attend at least once in their lifetime. It’s a sort of pilgrimage, if you will. Blizzcon will take place between the 6th and 7th of November.
Unfortunately, Blizzard isn’t planning on releasing Overwatch for PS4 or Xbox One. Sorry console users, I guess PC gamers get the long end of the stick now.
Are you as excited as we are? If you get access to the Overwatch Beta are you planning on spending all of your weekend logged in or do you see this as a major Team Fortress 2 rip-off?
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