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News > OverwatchFeb 3, 2016 4:24 pm CT

Overwatch closed beta returns on February 9th

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The Overwatch closed beta went down for a long winter nap starting on December 10, but it’s coming back soon. Now you can mark your calendars for February 9th, because beta’s kicking off again in North America and Europe, with Asia joining in the Overwatch fun on the 16th. The latest game build comes with hero balance changes, two new maps, and a new progression system.

Catch the full announcement below.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Get ready for your next objective, heroes—the Overwatch Closed Beta returns February 9!

Since the last round of testing, our technicians back in Winston’s lab have been hard at work analyzing field data and building out several new features and updates, including:

  • An all-new progression system 
  • Two new maps, including a new game mode
  • Several hero balance updates
  • And a variety of Private Game updates, including full A.I. matches

Closed Beta testers will have a chance to check out all of these changes and more as soon as the game returns to active duty next week. Stay tuned for additional details about what’s new in the Overwatch beta, as well as official patch notes.

As a reminder: If you had access to the Closed Beta before the break, you will continue to have access during this next phase of testing. With so much new content available, we’re also looking to recruit more players to help us get an even wider range of perspectives and feedback—so if you’re interested in participating, make sure to opt in!

The Overwatch Closed Beta will be coming online in the Americas and Europe gamplay regions on February 9, and will be launching in the Asia gameplay region on February 16. To learn more about which parts of the world are associated with each of our gameplay regions, click here.

As ever, if you’re interested in participating in the Overwatch beta — or any other Blizzard betas — you’ll want to follow these instructions opt in. We look forward to seeing you in-game!

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