The first round of the Overwatch beta tests will conclude December 10th and another round will begin in January 2016.
The current Overwatch closed beta will be ending next week, but Blizzard has said the beta will relaunch sometime in January.
“Since the start of the Overwatch beta in late October, aspiring heroes from around the world have battled it out in more than 900,000 matches. In this same period of time, we’ve also gathered invaluable information about our servers, core systems like matchmaking, and overall map and hero balance—thanks not only to the raw data we’ve collected from the game, but also to the numerous bug reports, suggestions, critiques, and experiences you’ve shared,” Blizzard said in the announcement. “This phase of development has been key, but now it’s time to analyze the data we have, dig into your feedback even further, and put that knowledge to use as best we can.”
The beta will be shut down at 9 am Pacific Standard Time on December 10th, exactly one week from today. The beta forums will stay open, however, until December 18th. No new players will be added between now and the shutdown, but all those who are in the current beta will be readmitted once it restarts. Blizzard also plans to add more players after it relaunches. The specifics of getting admitted to the Overwatch beta once it resumes have not yet been announced, which is a damn shame. As soon as we find out, we’ll try to let you know how you can get access to the Overwatch beta.
Unfortunately, your chances of getting admitted to the Overwatch beta seem extremely low. In October, when the first beta began, over 7.5 million people applied to participate. Only a small percentage of the applicants were granted access. So if you haven’t already applied, you’re probably 10 millionth on a waiting list.
But then again, one of the main purposes of having the beta is to test the servers and to make sure that they can support massive amounts of people blowing each other up in an online battle arena. So, the next Overwatch beta beginning in January could admit millions more gamers. At least that’s what we’re hoping.
In the meantime, watch PC Gamer’s interview with Game Director Jeff Kaplan and Creative Director Chris Metzen to find out everything you need to know about Overwatch’s development, beta test, future content, payment model and release date.