Overwatch director says beta contains all launch features
Want to be absolutely certain you love or hate Overwatch before its official launch date later this month? Most betas serve up a small slice of a game, but Blizzard is giving away the full pie for a limited time.
Jeff Kaplan, director of Overwatch, explained what content the beta does and does not contain. In short: everything. “The version you are playing now is what will go live at launch,” he wrote on Battle.net’s forums, adding that bug fixes will also be rolled out. “We’re also working on a TON of post-launch features and content. It’s going to be a pretty amazing summer.”
Competitive Play, a feature present in the game’s closed beta, was excised from the open beta. “We removed it from Open Beta because we received a ton of great feedback on how to improve the system. We had a tough choice. It would have been awesome to have the feature in for Open Beta and Launch. But we felt like we could really improve on some things so we opted to have the feature come out shortly after launch. We’re hoping that our efforts in the Closed Beta to try to get things done quickly and at high quality aren’t lost on our community — but we also never want to sacrifice the quality of the game by putting something live that isn’t up to our standards.”
Don’t mourn the absence of Competitive Play. Instead, bone up on your favorite heroes, save your epic moments for later viewing, and get ready for the worldwide launch of Overwatch on May 24.