The Overwatch Open Beta is here, and if you’ve been dying to delve into a new game, this may be your new favorite title. The Beta will be available for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One players, and will be available May 5 through May 9. Overwatch comes to us from Blizzard Entertainment.
If you’ve pre-purchased or pre-ordered Overwatch by April 29, you’re automatically eligible for early access on May 3. The beta will be available in all regions at the same time globally.
Early access will be available at May 2 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m. UTC). You’ll need an early access key to play. You should’ve received the keys with your pre-purchase or pre-order, and more details may be found at the Open Beta blog post at Overwatch’s official blog. The blog details how and where you can find the access keys, as well as how they may be redeemed.
If you didn’t pre-order or pre-purchase Overwatch, you can participate in the open beta all access portion May 4 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m.UTC). No sign-up, pre-purchase, pre-order or access code is required during this time.
To participate in any portion of the Overwatch open beta, you’ll need a Battle.net account and the Battle.net desktop app. The Overwatch open beta client is available for early access users on May 3, and all access users can get it on May 5. Windows PC and Xbox One pre-downloads for early access players were available beginning April 29.
Now that you know about how to get into the beta, let’s look at what you’ll experience in Overwatch! In the game, you’re in a competitive shooting match in 6 person teams. You control of the heroes, and there are 21 heroes in all. Four game modes and 12 maps are also part of the game, adding a lot of variety to Overwatch.
The modes are as follows:
Quick Play, where you can easily get into a game, matched by players with similiar skill sets as yours
Play vs. AI, where you can improve your game prowess by playing against AI heroes.
Custom game, which lets you choose your customizations for you and friends in the game.
Weekly brawl, where you can participate in a weekly brawl, where the paremeters change each week.
It’s important to remember, however, that after the Overwatch Open Beta ends, the progress you make in the game, whether it be achievements, skins, rewards, etc, won’t carry over to the launch version of the game. Be aware and just enjoy your time with this hot new game.
More information on Overwatch and the beta, including operating system requirements, file storage specifications, and more can be found at the official Overwatch website.
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