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Overwatch Beta What To Expect

Blizzard has confirmed that the upcoming Beta of Overwatch will begin on May 5 for PS4 and Xbox One players and will extend through May 9th.


Those who pre-ordered by April 29th, will gain early access to the Beta starting on May 3rd. The early bird gets the beta.



The specific times/dates are as follows;

  • Early Access Beta - May 2 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m. UTC)
  • Open Access Beta - May 4 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m.UTC)
  • Beta access ends - May 9 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. UTC)

Blizzard also let loose details about the content in the beta.

There are four different game modes and 12 different maps available in Overwatch

  • 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

Game modes available include;

  • Quick Play: Jump into a game against other players of similar skill.
  • Play vs. AI: Hone your skills against a team of AI-controlled heroes.
  • Custom Game: Customize the rules and play a game with your friends or AI.
  • Weekly Brawl: Change things up with brawls featuring different rules sets and restrictions.

Overwatch supports up to 12 players in a 6v6 arrangement. There will be no cross platform play during beta, or at launch. No word on future possibilities.

Overwatch launches on May 24, 2016.

Related Game(s): Overwatch

Tags: Overwatch, open access beta, early access beta, PS4, Blizzard

5/2/2016 12:37:58 PM Gordon Turner

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 1:43:26 AM

okay cool lets see what this offers vs battleborn

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 11:35:34 AM

I love the personality the game has. Personality can make or break a competitive pseudo sport game for me. Something like Rocket League couldn't click with me because it basically had zero personality and no attitude, just grass, lifeless rocket cars and a floaty ball.

Can't speak for Overwatch's game play as I haven't played it. Every time I see it in action I ask myself why it's not from the third person. It seems to me a game that has focused so much on its characters would have you see them while you play.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 5/3/2016 11:38:32 AM

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 3:40:38 PM

Agreed. Third Person view would make a lot of sense with this.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016 @ 11:43:16 PM

Looks like a Borderlands ripoff to me which means I won't go within spitting distance of it. If it was third person then I would at least try the Beta.

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mk ultra
Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 3:44:56 PM

How in holy hell does this remind you of Boarderlands?

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