Blizzard launches Overwatch open beta for players worldwide

By: Ivan Jenic
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Blizzard started the open beta for its upcoming MOBA shooter Overwatch a couple of days ago. Overwatch‘s open beta is available on Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and will be active until May 9th, so if you want to try this game before purchasing it, download it now.

During the open beta, players will have access to almost every feature of the game including the full roster of 21 heroes and launch-day features like Custom Games, Loot Boxes, and Weekly Brawls. Blizzard says it made all these features and content available to players because it wants to bring the full game experience to testers from day one.

The Overwatch open beta is available for free to Windows 10 PC users who want to try it out. However, Xbox One players will need a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription account to participate in beta testing due to “the multiplayer nature of Overwatch.” While the game doesn’t require PlayStation Plus while in beta, but it will be required as well once Blizzard launches the game.

Blizzard also confirmed that Overwatch won’t support cross-platform playing, neither during the beta nor in the full version. This certainly doesn’t fit in Microsoft’s plans, as we know that Redmond currently encourages cross-platform compatibility between Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Early access to the Overwatch beta began on May 2 and was only available only in certain regions (Los Angeles, New York, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Paris, and more). Now, players worldwide can check it out.

Overwatch will be released on May 24 for the price of $59.99 for Windows PC and Xbox One, and $69.99 for PlayStation 4. The game is already available for pre-order from the official site.

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