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Overwatch Open Beta Opens

The Overwatch website announces that the early access period has concluded for the Overwatch open beta, and testing of Blizzard's multiplayer first-person shooter is now open to everyone. Testing will continue until the 9th, at which point it will go offline for a couple of weeks to pave the way for the game's official launch on May 24th. This previous post has details on how to participate, including a FAQ which notes that all progress and unlocks from the beta will be wiped before the official launch. If you want more details on the game, head over to the Overwatch website. In short: "In Overwatch, you control one of several heroes in competitive 6-person team shooting matches. Battle over objectives, take down the other team, and achieve victory."

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5. Re: Overwatch Open Beta Opens May 5, 2016, 11:23 PHJF
 
Played a couple hours this morning... has enormous TF2 feels, except the addition of so many more characters means jobs are way more spread out and less easily defined. Seems like it would be a hell of a job balancing things out and trying to prevent ideal team makeups from drowning out certain characters.

One thing I'm finding annoying is how many characters have similar movement speed. One of the biggest balancing factors against Heavy in TF2 is how SLOW he is to get to the front line if there is no teleporter, but the scout-type classes in Overwatch don't have much of a speed advantage; all they have is height advantages, which didn't translate to much of an advantage in the maps I saw.

Anyways it was a lot of fun so far, and I only dabbled in three or four characters.

One of the issues is communication. Blizzard titles usually don't require voice comm for casual modes, but with Overwatch, it's very difficult to win without some attempt at coordination.

Not necessarily, I think the biggest issue stems from players not knowing what each character does yet and how best to fill gaps in a team's makeup. That'll naturally improve, quickly, over time.
 
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