Everyone was sad when the Overwatch closed beta took a break in December, but it came with the assurance that it'd return in the not too distant future. While Blizzard indicated that it could return as soon as this month, game director Jeff Kaplan has put that expectation to rest, writing in a new blog post that it won't return until next month – and for good reason.
"While progress has been great and the team has been working super hard to get everything implemented on time, we're not quite ready to bring the Closed Beta back online just yet," Kaplan wrote. "We’ve been pretty open about the fact that we could slip into February from the beginning, but a big reason for this delay is that we really wanted to add one more big feature to the next beta patch."
That big feature is a new game mode, which will join Payload and Point Capture. Kaplan hasn't indicated what the new mode will entail, but the studio opted to delay the beta so it could be included.
"By [delaying the beta], 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."