Overwatch director says beta contains all launch features

Everything plus the kitchen sink, with the exception of Competitive Play, a mode not quite ready for primetime.

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Want to be absolutely certain you love or hate Overwatch before its official launch date later this month? Most betas serve up a small slice of a game, but Blizzard is giving away the full pie for a limited time.

Jeff Kaplan, director of Overwatch, explained what content the beta does and does not contain. In short: everything. "The version you are playing now is what will go live at launch," he wrote on Battle.net's forums, adding that bug fixes will also be rolled out. "We're also working on a TON of post-launch features and content. It's going to be a pretty amazing summer."

Competitive Play, a feature present in the game's closed beta, was excised from the open beta. "We removed it from Open Beta because we received a ton of great feedback on how to improve the system. We had a tough choice. It would have been awesome to have the feature in for Open Beta and Launch. But we felt like we could really improve on some things so we opted to have the feature come out shortly after launch. We're hoping that our efforts in the Closed Beta to try to get things done quickly and at high quality aren't lost on our community -- but we also never want to sacrifice the quality of the game by putting something live that isn't up to our standards."

Don't mourn the absence of Competitive Play. Instead, bone up on your favorite heroes, save your epic moments for later viewing, and get ready for the worldwide launch of Overwatch on May 24.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 6, 2016 12:19 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Overwatch director says beta contains all launch features

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      May 6, 2016 4:21 PM

      I'm pretty disappointed that there is no feature to queue for specific maps. Sometimes I don't want to play Payload or KOTH. I should have that option.

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        May 6, 2016 5:37 PM

        It's just not there at launch. I guarantee a custom games mode is in the works.

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        May 6, 2016 6:09 PM

        surely they have a plethora of features roadmapped out post-release.

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        May 8, 2016 9:03 PM

        These options split the user base. While I could see them adding it in the future. At a base level its simply not a reasonable addition.

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          May 8, 2016 9:18 PM

          What? It's a standard feature in every single online FPS.

          So what if people play their favorite maps? Pretty shitty to force people into playing maps, and worse yet modes they don't like.

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      May 7, 2016 2:08 AM

      I'm getting lots of lag in the beta, it plays fine for a couple of minutes then starts rubberbanding for few seconds then goes back to normal

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        May 7, 2016 2:27 AM

        They had an announcement earlier about routing with some ISPs or something. Nothing that was on their end, but they were looking into it. Used to happen a lot when I played WoW too.

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        May 7, 2016 2:42 AM

        yeah, I've been getting consistent mild-to-moderate lag from about 30 seconds in. But, then, my ISP is shit at the best of times so I just out it down to that.

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        May 8, 2016 9:02 PM

        I've had zero issues on a junk internet connection.

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      May 9, 2016 9:27 AM

      The more I play this game, the more disappointed I become.
      This is a poultry offering for a full priced game.
      Battleborn although different kind of game offers everything and the kitchen sink also.
      I like that. Ill stick with more bang for buck. Plus arena shooters are a dime a dozen. If this wasn't Blizzards next big conservative thing, it would fly under the radar.

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