Beta Test Weekend strike team: prepare to attack!
From Friday, November 20 through Monday, November 23, we’ll be conducting our first invitation-only Beta Test Weekend. During this three-day event, we’ll be opening up Overwatch beta (for a limited time) to a lot more players from our Americas and Europe gameplay regions.
The objective: help us stress test our server hardware and technology . . . and make a few Plays of the Game in the process.
Our first Beta Test Weekend will begin on Friday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. PST and end on Monday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. PST.
To help us get the most out of this testing phase, we will be flagging accounts for the Beta Test Weekend a little early, during a scheduled maintenance on Thursday, November 19. We encourage all new recruits to use this additional time to download and install the beta client so you can be ready for action once servers come back online.
If you’re selected to participate in this Beta Test Weekend, you’ll see an Install button appear in the Overwatch tab of your Battle.net desktop app as well as an Overwatch Beta license in the YOUR GAME ACCOUNTS section of Battle.net Account Management.
You’ll also receive a Beta Test Weekend invitation sent via email to your registered address; however, please note that these messages are sometimes slow to arrive.
During the Beta Test Weekend, all players (including those currently in the Closed Beta) will have access to the full roster of 21 heroes and a limited selection of maps: Hanamura, King’s Row, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
Since this is a stress test, we’re primarily interested in your technical feedback, like how Overwatch runs on your system, your experience with the beta servers, critical bug reports, and other game-impacting problems. One of our goals is to push our hardware to the limit, so don’t be surprised if you experience performance issues or run into unexpected downtime—that’s all part of the process.
For more information on our Overwatch testing plans, check out our original beta announcement
Before you begin, you’ll first need to download the game. To install and play on November 20–23, please follow the instructions below. Note that if you’re already in the Closed Beta, you do not need to repeat these steps or reinstall the game.
Step 1: Download the Battle.net desktop app, if you haven’t already, and launch it.
Step 2: Log in using the Battle.net account that was flagged for Beta Test Weekend access.
Step 3: Click the Overwatch icon, located on the left-hand side of the Battle.net desktop app.
Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click Install to begin the installation process.
Step 5: Once the Beta Test Weekend gets underway on Friday morning, click Play to begin!
If you’re new to team shooters like Overwatch, you might want to first play through the in-game tutorial to learn the ropes. We also recommend checking out our Ability Overview videos to get a feel for how each of our heroes operate.
Good luck everyone!