'Overwatch': Everything You Need To Know Before Open Beta

With Overwatch open beta just a few days away, Blizzard Entertainment released a few hints and tips to make sure players are well-prepared and ready to play ahead of the big day.

In a blog post aptly titled "Overwatch Launch Protocol", the game developer giant has put together a checklist for all Overwatch players, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free gameplay experience.

First off, Blizzard has pointed out the obvious fact that you need to have a copy of the game. The developer has reminded everyone who has not obtained a copy of Overwatch yet to pre-purchase the game digitally on the Battle.net Shop (for PC), PlayStation Store (for PS4), or the Xbox Games Store (for Xbox One). Players can also opt for a physical copy of the game by dropping by at their local game shop. Blizzard has also reminded players that the Collector's Edition might have already been sold out, so it's best to call the retailers first before popping in for a visit.

Next on the list is the "Deployment Schedule". Blizzard has released a handy guide on when the game will come out exactly, depending on your location. Overwatch will be released globally at the same time, and players would have to make sure they know when to log in.

Blizzard also reminded the players how to install the game on their respective platforms. PC owners are advised to download the Battle.net desktop app and create a Battle.net account if they don't have one yet. If the players purchased a physical copy, they could claim the game key in Account Management, while those who opted for the digital copy has the game already available, so no further action is required. Players would need to select their region (the Americas, Europe, and Asia) and install or update their game client.

For both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, digital copies should start downloading automatically.

Finally, Blizzard reminded players to contact them if ever they encounter difficulties before and during the launch. Players can contact the via the Overwatch forums and on Twitter via @BlizzardCS. Blizzard also has a dedicated Customer Support Portal on their website.

With these tips and reminders, players are sure to be armed and ready, and hopefully, ensure a smooth Overwatch launch when it opens on May 24.

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