The Overwatch beta is finally arriving on the 27th of October, almost a year after Blizzard first announced the brand new title. People are understandably excited, after all, this is the studio’s first brand new IP in years, additionally, those who have played the game at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom have all come away with very positive impressions. However, there are a few catches you need to be aware of.
For a start, the beta is US only for the time being. Which is pretty disappointing for people in other parts of the world. Hearthstone went through a similar thing, with the EU getting access to the beta around three months after its initial launch, so maybe we will see Overwatch expand early next year.
Secondly, this is one of Blizzard’s closed betas, so you will need luck on your side if you are going to get in. Blizzard seems to be pushing Twitch quite heavily in the marketing for Overwatch, so we will likely see tons of streamers and YouTubers with early access to the game.
There will be two testing groups, the core beta testers will have access to the game at all times. However, Blizzard will be sending out additional beta weekend keys every so often in order to properly stress the servers for a few days at a time. The first wave of invites will be going out this month and you can register for the beta over on your Battle.net account.
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KitGuru Says: I was really excited for the Overwatch beta announcement. Unfortunately, it is probably going to be limited to the US for quite a while. Are you looking forward to Overwatch at all? Will you be trying to get in to the beta?