Blizzard reveals the Overwatch open beta content details along with specific launch dates for early access pre-order users and all access users later this week.
With the long closed beta now at an end, Blizzard is making final preparations before the launch date arrives for their newest IP, Overwatch. Before May 24 arrives, the hero-centric shooter is letting players get behind the wheel one last time to put the game through its paces. With so many different start times this week, Blizzard has finally revealed the specific details for when the beta will be available for everyone.
Folks who managed to pre-order Overwatch prior to the April 29 deadline will gain early-access beginning today, May 2. For everyone else, an open beta is set to run from May 4-9 across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players. Each phase of the beta is planned to launch across all regions globally at the same time starting at 4pm PST.
During the open beta period, players are getting access to what cloasely resembles the full game with all 21 heroes along and a range of modes which include the Tutorial, Quick Play, Vs. AI, Custom Game, and Weekly Brawl. Launch day features like the revamped player progression system and loot boxes will also be available, though progression and loot will not carry over to the main game. Four different game modes will be included across twelve maps. Here is the breakdown:
- Assault: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
- Escort: Dorado, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
- Assault/Escort Hybrid: Hollywood, King’s Row, and Numbani
- Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, and Nepal
For those curious, the open beta clocks in at a 11GB download on consoles while PC players will only need to set aside 6.5 GB. Oddly enough, Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox One players, though PlayStation 4 users will not need PlayStation Plus in order to access the beta. It’s worth noting that the retail version of Overwatch will require it however.
With the controversy surrounding one of the main characters’ victory poses now at rest, the team has been focusing on expanding out the universe they’ve created through supplemental medias including animated shorts and digital comics. Already, fans have been able to see the backstory on characters like Widowmaker and Winston through CGI shorts, and read about the gunslinging antics of McCree. Blizzard has confirmed it’s working on more which should give players a better look at each character’s motivations.
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Overwatch launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 24, 2016.