Blizzard is bringing the closed Overwatch beta back again in mid-February, according to game director Jeff Kaplan. There will be a new game mode and new maps when it does reopen.
The beta went offline in December, giving the team some time to work on features and address player feedback. Originally it was supposed to reopen this month, but Blizzard needed a bit more time.
“We’ve been pretty open about the fact that we could slip into February from the beginning, but a big reason for this delay is that we really wanted to add one more big feature to the next beta patch,” Kaplan wrote.
“After looking through all of the feedback from last year, one of the things we noticed players consistently mentioning was their desire for more game modes in Overwatch, in addition to Point Capture and Payload. Without getting into specifics, we are working on a new game mode. And we’re very excited about it! And we have some great new maps to support it, too, but we need a little more time to get everything just right.”
The game is scheduled for full release sometime this spring, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.