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The Overwatch Beta Will Return Next Month With a New Mode and Additional Maps

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The beta will have to wait a little longer, but it’s getting some upgrades.

Overwatch is one of the big games coming out in 2016, and Blizzard had a closed beta for the game that they took down in December so the team would have time to pore over player feedback. It was expected to return at some point this month, but now it looks like the beta will return a little later in February.

Jeff Kaplan the game’s director posted an update on battle.net, where he talks about some of the feedback the team received on the beta.


“After looking through all of the feedback from last year, one of the things we noticed players consistently mentioning was their desire for more game modes in Overwatch, in addition to Point Capture and Payload. Without getting into specifics, we are working on a new game mode. And we’re very excited about it! And we have some great new maps to support it, too, but we need a little more time to get everything just right.”

Kaplan continues to say that rather than have the team rush out a patch for the beta, it seemed the wiser decision was to just push the date back a bit.

“By doing so, we can make sure we can include the new game mode along with the new maps. This will also allow us to do some additional polish to the game’s progression and reward system. Though all these features will still technically be a work-in-progress during the beta, we’d like them to be at a certain quality bar before releasing them for testing.”

There’s no exact date that Blizzard can give just yet for the beta, but it is expected sometime in mid-February. Kaplan reassures fans by thanking them for support, and explaining that this wasn’t an easy decision to make.

“We’ll do our best to provide at least one week’s notice before we’re ready to get this beta party started again, so definitely keep an eye on our official channels.”

Overwatch is currently scheduled for a release sometime in 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Did you play the Overwatch beta when it was up before? What did you think of the game? Are you looking to jump on board the beta in February? Let us know down in the comments.

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