Last November, Blizzard held a stress test for the Overwatch beta, inviting a select amount of people to play the game over the course of a weekend. They’re doing it again – and in just a few days!
Of course, you’ll still have to be invited. I’m pretty sure if Blizzard made it completely open, it wouldn’t just be a stress test, it would be a apocalypse scenario. Still, I’m sure the pool of players they’ll be inviting is going to be vastly larger than the current pool of closed beta players.
This second (and as a matter of fact final) stress test weekend will start on Friday, April 15th at 9:00 AM PDT, and end Saturday at 9:00 PM PDT. So anyone who gets in will have a brief 36 hour love affair with the game before having it yanked away from them again until the open beta in early May, and the full launch in late May. While this stress test is available to players on the PC only, the open beta will be across all three platforms.
It’s also worth noting that while anyone who gets into the beta weekend will be able to play all 21 of the game’s heroes, only a limited number of maps will be available. Three to be exact: Hanamura, Route 66, and Nepal. The weekly brawl as well as competitive play will both also be disabled for the duration of the beta weekend.
Anyone who is currently in the closed beta will retain access throughout the beta weekend, although they’ll have to deal with the limited features.
Since this is a stress test, don’t expect a perfect experience. There might be downtime or other lag issues. Blizzard is also looking to see how the game’s running on a wide array of systems, but I can already say from personal experience that no matter how good or bad Overwatch is, it’s damn polished.
This will also give them a lot of data that will be invaluable when the open beta rolls around in a few weeks.
In the meantime, read what I had to say about Overwatch back in March.