There’s going to be one hell of a Blizzard this summer. We’ve got Overwatch in May, the WarCraft movie in June, and then the WoW expansion within a month or two of that.
Blizzard is certainly starting the summer off with bang, though; Overwatch has been one of the most hyped games of recent memory. Or at the very least, the closed beta has been so limited and the player base has been so ravenous for access that it has seemed super hyped. There are loads more people who want to play Overwatch than those who actually can, which is almost always a recipe for hype. But those people will get their chance soon enough. Less than two months to be exact.
There’s also going to be an open beta for all three consoles (PS4, PC, and Xbox One) in early May, from the 5th to the 9th. So if you want to find out whether all this hype is legitimate or if it’s just byproduct of the Blizzard name as well as the closed beta, you’ll have your chance then. There’s also an early access period; if you preorder the game before April 29th, you’ll be able to play the open beta for a couple extra days, on May 3rd and 4th.
The open beta will also include everything that will be in the game at launch, all 21 heroes, and every map/game mode. So yes, unlike most “betas” these days, the one for Overwatch will actually be more than a demo. Hell, if you play the game sixteen hours a day for the entire duration, you might actually feel like you’ve done it all and seen it all and can wait until the $40 game ($60 for the Origins Edition) comes down in price. But you have to be a special mix of savvy and hardcore for that to work.
I’ve been in the closed beta for a couple weeks now. Yes I’m one of the lucky few. I’ve had some thoughts floating around my noggin for a while now, and I’ll try to put those in word form by the end of the week. That is if I’m not too consumed by The Division, which launches tonight. In which case you’ll probably find words about that instead.
Or maybe I’ll surprise everybody and have words for both.
Well, I’m gonna have words either way.
All I’ve got are words.
Okay that sounds strangely existential.