Overwatch Open Beta starts today

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Everyone can play the game for free May 5 to 9

Open beta test of Overwatch is starting today. The new shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment has been gathering lots of fans from all over the world since its announcement. Many of them preordered the game and already played in closed beta. But now it's time for everyone to jump into the action.



The Overwatch Open Beta will be available May 5–9 on PC, PlayStation® 4, and Xbox One! Players who have pre-purchased or pre-ordered Overwatch by April 29 will be eligible for early access starting May 3. 

Each phase of the Open Beta (Early Access and All Access) will launch in all gameplay regions at the same time globally. To find out when the Open Beta will be launching in your region, please see the reference guides below. 


The early access portion of the Open Beta will begin on all supported platforms May 2 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m. UTC). An early access key will be required to play—click here for details.


The all access portion of the Open Beta will begin on all supported platforms May 4 at 4:00 p.m. PDT (11:00 p.m.UTC). All players will be able to play for FREE during this period; no sign-up or code required.

Prepare to clash on the battlefields of tomorrow and take your place in the ranks of Overwatch®—a legendary force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities. Assemble your friends and try out the ultimate team-based shooter for FREE during the Open Beta May 5–9 on PC, PlayStation® 4, and Xbox One!


  1. What game content will be available during the Open Beta? 
    A. During the Open Beta, players will have access to Overwatch's full roster of heroes, maps, and launch-day features—includingCustom Games, Loot Boxes, and Weekly Brawl. We want players to get a feel for the complete Overwatch experience, so no content will be restricted or locked! 
  2. How many heroes are available in Overwatch? 
    A. There are 21 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.
  3. How many maps are available in Overwatch? 
    A. There are four different game modes and 12 different maps available in Overwatch!
    • Assault: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
    • Escort: Dorado, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
    • Assault/Escort Hybrid: Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani
    • Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, and Nepal

You can find all details about the open beta test in the official blog. Official release of the game is planned for May 24. 

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