Blizzard has announced the first invitation-only Beta Test Weekend for Overwatch from Friday 20th November until Monday 23rd November. Blizzard has said that most of the beta invites have been sent to Europe and the Americas. The purpose of the beta is primarily to stress test on servers and hardware, however for many it will be the first in-depth look at Overwatch. Overwatch will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and has been announced for release in the spring of 2016.
Overwatch, which was announced last year at BlizzCon 2014 is the newest original title from Blizzard and will be a team based multiplayer first person shooter, at the time Blizzard said Overwatch was a ‘pick up and play first person shooter’.
Overwatch is set in a technologically advanced future earth, in a global crisis, the game is highly stylised and seems to have an emphasis on teamwork. Blizzard said that players will be able to combine characters powers. Since last year, Blizzard has bolstered the number of characters from 12 to 21, which will all be available to play in this beta. The beta will have three maps available, called: Hanamura, King’s Row, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Players who want to get a chance to get in on future beta tests need to have a battle.net account and opt in for beta tests on their profile page.
The minimum PC specifications are:
Operating system: Windows® Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 865
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space