Overwatch beta to have Battle.net voice chat, launches October 27

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In just five days you, I, us, we’ll be able to get our hands on the Overwatch beta. If you’re American, I hate you because you’ll get to play it before me. If you’re European or Asian, the the delayed release means we’re on the same boat and that we’ll get it after the yanks. Only kidding American friends! (I’m not kidding.) 

Until then, we can all get excited by the fact that Battle.net Voice Chat will launch as part of the Overwatch beta.

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A blog post on the Overwatch blog went live earlier today that reads a little something like this: “Greetings, heroes! We’re in the process of working in some slight updates to Battle.net in preparation for the upcoming Overwatch beta test, and wanted to give you the heads up. This update will lay the foundation for us to test voice chat functionality within the Overwatch beta.”

It continues: “We’re excited for players to give this feature a try during the Overwatch beta and look forward to your feedback. Further details on our voice chat plans for Battle.net will be released further down the road.”

When Blizzard announced the Overwatch beta last week, it did mention the game would incorporate built-in voice chat, but this latest announcement confirms it’ll be built into Battle.net itself. Interestingly – or slightly disappointingly for now, depending on how you look at it – the blog post also states that due to the voice chat being in its “early development and testing stages” it’s at this stage “too early to say which Blizzard games will be supported and when” above and beyond Overwatch. More waiting, then.

Ah well, patience comes to those who wait and all that. If you’re yet to sign up for the Overwatch beta, you can do so right here.