You may get a shot at the Overwatch beta this weekend

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For people who want to be in the Overwatch closed beta but aren't, well, things could be better. The sense of exclusion, compounded by the knowledge that thousands of people are getting better at the game while you haven't even played it, can be frustrating. And there's very little you can do about it, either. Isn’t that devastating? Yes, sometimes life can be almost criminally unfair.

So it's lucky that there is a remote chance you'll be able to play this weekend, as Blizzard is expanding the beta head count for 36 hours. If you've taken part in a past beta then you'll not need to do anything, though if you haven't, and you'd like to opt-in for a chance to partake, then head over here.

"Since this is a stress test, we're primarily interested in technical feedback, like how Overwatch runs on players' systems, critical bug reports, and other game-impacting problems," Blizzard wrote in its announcement. "One of our goals is to push our hardware to the limit, so players shouldn’t be surprised if they experience performance issues or run into unexpected downtime—that's all part of the process."

It kicks off 9am PT April 15 through 9pm PT April 16 (that's 2am AEST April 16 through 2pm April 17 in Australia). There's a patch rolling out to coincide with the beta, which can be seen in detail over here.


Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian Editor. He loves masochistic platformers but lacks the skill and grace to complete them. He has four broken keyboards hidden under his desk, filed between an emergency six-pack of Reschs and five years worth of XXL promotional t-shirts. He stares out the window a lot.


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