Blizzard is set to bring back the enjoyable Overwatch beta in February. The company announcement made note of the news in a recent post on their official site. The real deal here is that they’re aiming for mid-February, and they “don’t intend to slip out of February.” Good news for us.
The closed beta was supposed to be back this month, but Blizzard has apparently decided to let it slip in order to properly adjust the game based on player feedback. Here’s what Game Director Jeff Kaplan writes regarding the timing of the next phase of the beta.
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. 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.
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 goes on to indicate that the extra time will let them add a new mode along with all the new maps for the next closed beta. That’s pretty good news.
This was an easy choice for us to make, and hopefully this post can help you understand why we made it. I don’t have an exact date for when the Closed Beta will resume, but right now we’re looking at mid-February (and we don’t intend to slip out of February). 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.
Blizzard’s doing this one right, folks. The next part of the beta should be incredible.
We’ll have more on Overwatch as it comes.