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Overwatch public beta starts this month

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Blizzard has confirmed that the public Overwatch beta is starting on October 27.

Overwatch, the team-based shooter unveiled at last year's Blizzcon is finally launching in public beta later this month.

The developer said it will only admit a "small number of testers" into the closed beta to fine-tune Overwatch's gameplay on the 27, and after that it will "open the floodgates" on certain weekends.

"We're aiming to accomplish two primary goals with our public beta test: First, get tonnes of top-notch feedback on the gameplay – including balance, feel and fun – to help us make Overwatch the best team-based shooter on the planet," said Blizzard in a blog post.

"Second, we want to hammer the heck out out of our tech, including stress-tresting our server infrastructure and making sure the game runs great on the widest variety of systems possible."

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The catch is that the Overwatch beta will start on October 27 only in the American territories. Blizzard plans to bring players in Europe and Asia into the beta at a later date.

Players can opt into the beta through Battle.net now though.

The first weekend scheduled in to bring Overwatch to a wider audience on November 6, the weekend after BlizzCon 2015.

"We have tonnes of would-be heroes signed up for the Overwatch beta, and we want to give as many as possible a chance to play during the testing period," said Blizzard.

The beta will include the 18 currently announced hero characters.

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