Overwatch Beta Test Weekend April 16–17 AEST
From Saturday, April 16 at 2:00am AEST through to Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm AEST, we’ll be hosting our second invitation-only Beta Test Weekend! For a limited time, we’ll be opening up the Overwatch beta test to a much larger number of players in the Americas (which includes Australia and New Zealand), as well as Europe, and Asia gameplay regions for another round of stress testing.
The objective: help us get the game, and our infrastructure, ready for release!
During the Beta Test Weekend, all players (including those currently in the Closed Beta) will have access to the full roster of 21 heroes and a limited selection of maps: Hanamura, Route 66, and Nepal. Certain features will also be unavailable during this Beta Test Weekend, such as Weekly Brawl! and Competitive Play. Since this is a stress test, we’re primarily interested in technical feedback, like how Overwatch runs on players’ systems, critical bug reports, and other game-impacting problems. One of our goals is to push our hardware to the limit, so players shouldn’t be surprised if they experience performance issues or run into unexpected downtime—that’s all part of the process.
To help us get the most out of this testing phase, we will be flagging accounts for the Beta Test Weekend on the morning of Friday, April 15, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Once flagged, we encourage all new recruits to download and install the beta game client so they are ready for action once the test officially begins. Those selected to participate in this Beta Test Weekend, will see an Install button appear in the Overwatch tab of the Battle.net desktop app as well as an Overwatch Beta licence in the YOUR GAME ACCOUNTS section of Battle.net Account Management. Players will also receive a Beta Test Weekend invitation via email to their registered address; however, please note that these messages can sometimes be slow to arrive.
For more information about the Overwatch Beta Test Weekend, including installation and play instructions, feedback/bug reporting and frequently asked questions, please visit the Battle.net blog here.