Nearly one year after its unveiling, the upcoming team-based action game from Blizzard Entertainment is ready for its first big test.
The video game developer announced Wednesday it will launch a closed beta for first-person shooter Overwatch on Oct. 27.
Along with closed testing featuring an “extremely limited” group of players, Blizzard will roll out beta weekends to make sure the game’s servers can handle larger groups of players logged in at the same time. Blizzard did not offer a schedule for when these beta weekends will launch.
The Overwatch beta will be available only on Windows PCs.
The game features two teams of heroes squaring off in a series of online matches. Heroes boast different abilities and gear, such as the Wild West inspired McCree who battles with a six-shooter, and the angelic medic Mercy.
“With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things,” said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime in a statement released when Overwatch was unveiled at last year’s Blizzcon event. “Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.”
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