Blizzard’s Overwatch closed-beta will soon be available to a lot more players as the company sends out invites for a weekend-long infrastructure test.
If you’ve been itching to play Blizzard’s new team-based shooter Overwatch but haven’t had the chance yet, this weekend might provide you with the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Beginning on Friday November 20 at 9AM PT, Blizzard is hosting a weekend long beta event for those with access keys. What’s more, additional players in North America and Europe will reportedly gain access to this beta in order to stress test the Overwatch servers, so now is the time to register for a key if you haven’t already.
All of Overwatch‘s currently announced 21-hero roster will be playable over three maps: Hanamura, King’s Row, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. A recent blog post by Blizzard informs players about when to look for their beta invites:
“To help us get the most out of this testing phase, we will be flagging accounts for the Beta Test Weekend a little early, during a scheduled maintenance on Thursday, November 19. We encourage all new recruits to use this additional time to download and install the beta client so you can be ready for action once servers come back online.”
Don’t worry if you don’t make it into this week’s event however, because beginning in the next few weeks, Blizzard plans to launch Overwatch‘s open beta.
Players should note that the testing is only available to those on Windows operating systems and you’ll also need to have the Battle.net desktop app installed to play. If you’re selected to participate in either the Closed Beta or one of the future Beta Test Weekends, you’ll receive an email with instructions when you’re ready to be deployed.
There has yet to be any word about possible beta testing events for those players who are looking to play Overwatch on consoles, with Blizzard focusing more on the PC version for the moment. It is possible that Xbox One and PS4 fans may have to wait until the Spring release to experience the action.
The PC version of Overwatch is likely to see a few changes to the console release and, fans of Team Fortress 2 will be happy to hear, that Blizzard is considering adding mod-support to the game. In the case of Fallout 4 however, any PC mods will be available on Xbox One so it’s entirely possible that the current-gen consoles will see something similar if modding is introduced in the game.
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Overwatch will be released fully in Spring 2016 for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.