In exactly 7 days from now, the curtain will fall for the Overwatch Closed Beta.
After a successful Beta test weekend, it is time to bid farewell to the Overwatch Closed Beta. The testing period will end on April 25. Along with the official blog post, Jeff Kaplan also posted a video developer update.
The Overwatch Closed Beta has reached its final checkpoint. On April 25, our public testing phase will come to an end and our final preparations for the game's launch will begin!
Our sincerest thanks to all of our Closed Beta testers and everyone in the Overwatch community for participating in this critical part of the game’s development process. Over the past several months, you've shared tons of amazing feedback—and we've collected payloads of useful data—to help us balance, tweak, and fine-tune our heroes, maps, core game systems, and more. We hope you had a blast, and we can't wait to fight alongside everyone on May 24.
Remember, you'll have one more chance to check out the game before it releases during the free Open Beta for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 5–9. Anyone who pre-purchases Overwatch by April 29 will also get early access to the Open Beta starting on May 3.
Q. What time will the Closed Beta end?
A: The Closed Beta will end on April 25 at approximately 10:00 a.m. PDT in all gameplay regions.
Q. What will happen when the Closed Beta is brought offline?
A. Once the beta is brought offline on April 25, players will no longer be able to log in to the beta client. Access to our Closed Beta forums will remain available until Friday, April 29.
Q. Will any more players be added to the Closed Beta before it’s brought offline on April 25?
A. No. We have no plans to add any more players to the Closed Beta at this time.
Q. Will there be any other opportunities to play Overwatch between the Open Beta and the game's launch?
A. The Open Beta will be the last chance to play Overwatch before the game launches on May 24.
Q. Will any progress I made during the Closed Beta carry over to the live game?
A. No. We've no plans at this time for your activity during the Closed Beta to carry over—to the Open Beta or to launch.
In the video, apart from thanking everyone who participated in the Alpha, Jeff also teases some of the future plans of the Overwatch team. From now on, there will be fewer radical changes and the team will mostly deal with stuff like stability issues and bug fixes. They intend to update the game itself after the launch. What they have in mind for now are more competitive mode features, spectator mode, new maps and heroes. The frequency of these updates hasn't been determined yet.
Remember that the Open Beta will begin for everyone on May 5 and will last until May 9. People who pre-purchase the game before or on April 29 can gain early access to the Open Beta from May 3.