And now your watch is over – Overwatch closed beta ends April 25


If you’re still plugging away in the closed beta for Overwatch, I have some bad news: it’s shutting down next week. The good news is: that’s because it’s almost time for the actual launch, so Blizzard need to get things ready. 

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That’s right, the closed beta is being shut down so that“final preparations” can begin ahead of May’s launch. “Our sincerest thanks to all of our closed beta testers and everyone in the Overwatch community for participating in this critical part of the game’s development process,” wrote Blizzard in an update.

“Over the past several months, you’ve shared tons of amazing feedback – and we’ve collected payloads of useful data – to help us balance, tweak, and fine-tune our heroes, maps, core game systems, and more. We hope you had a blast, and we can’t wait to fight alongside everyone on May 24.”

There will still be one chance to play the shooter before it launches, as a short open beta will run from May 5-9, though pre-orders will get access from May 3. It’s a solid strategy if the aim is to stress test the servers, letting in a big batch of players two days early and then opening the gates for everyone else.

Additionally, the pace of updates is expected to slow down in the lead up to the launch of the open beta, with Blizzard now focused on improving stability rather than making radical changes to the core or adding new features.

The closed beta will come to an end in all regions at around 10am PT, April 25.