Overwatch: New Closed Beta for Blizzard’s Sci-Fi FPS Kicks Off Today

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Set in the near-future Earth where the United Nations forms the Overwatch international task force to combat an artificial intelligence robot uprising, Overwatch is a new multiplayer first-person shooter from the masters of fantasy, Blizzard Entertainment.

In Overwatch, players select from one of four distinct hero classes—offense, defense, support and tank—as they battle an opposing team in intense 6v6 squad-based multiplayer combat.

Overwatch is slated to arrive on PC later this year, but you don't have to wait to play the game as Blizzard Entertainment is kicking off a new closed beta for the game starting today. The game's first closed beta began on October 27, and after an extended break the closed beta is back. If you participated in the previous closed beta, you'll be able to take part in this new closed beta.

The new closed beta introduces an all-new progression system, two brand new maps to battle in, a new game mode and a variety of hero balancing updates. It also features Private Game updates, including full A.I. matches.

If you would like to participate in Overwatch's new closed beta, all you need to do is sign-up on the official website with a valid Battle.net account. If you do not already have a Battle.net account, you can get one for free here. If you're wondering if you have a system capable of entering the action, we've got you covered:

Overwatch is scheduled to launch on PC on or before June 21, 2016. If you want to ensure you're ready to play Overwatch on day one of its upcoming release, you can pre-purchase the game for $59.99.