Overwatch, named after a ragtag group of global peacekeepers, is a true celebration of internationalism. Blizzard fought off the instinct to trash a familiar American city and dreamt up the mechtastic African metropolis of Numbani instead. Their team of RPG nerds modernised the bard as a block-rocking Brazilian DJ.
Which is why it was a little disappointing to hear that the world would be split up for entry into the Overwatch closed beta. Things are a little better now, with Europe joining the Americas for regional deployment on Tuesday, October 27. Players in Asia, however, will be waiting longer.
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“We were able to complete setup and testing of our beta servers for Europe sooner than anticipated,” blogged Blizzard. “As a result, we’re happy to report that we will be launching the Overwatch Closed Beta in both the Americas and Europe gameplay regions on October 27.”
Blizzard plan to add players to the pot gradually to begin with, while they make preparations for Asian servers will come online at a later date.
The dev team are looking to tweak Overwatch’s balance, feel and fun factor in this general beta - and “hammer the heck” out of their tech with weekend-long stress tests down the line. You can sign up for a chance at an invite on the Overwatch site. Think you might?