Open Beta Extravaganza: How to Play Overwatch, Doom, Gears of War 4, and Battleborn

Open Beta Extravaganza: How to Play Overwatch, Doom, Gears of War 4, and Battleborn

There's a number of open betas heading your way. Here's how you can play them all.

An open beta is one step below a free game, isn't it? It's a win for everyone: a developer has a chance to see how their game stands up to real players in real-world conditions and those players get a chance to see if a game is right for them. There are four upcoming titles that are having multiplayer open betas in the next few weeks. Below, you'll find information about each beta, what platforms they're on, how long they'll last, and what you need to do to take part.


4/13/2016 - 4/18/2016
Available on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam (click the link above the release date section)

Gearbox's MOBA-style first-person shooter is the first beta that's going live. In fact, it's live right now! Battleborn has hard a bit of a tough time standing out, so perhaps the open beta will give the game a chance to shine. The beta has two story missions, two multiplayer modes, and all 25 characters. Want to play it? Just download from the game on Steam, the Xbox Store, or the PlayStation Store using the links above.


4/15/2016 - 4/17/2016
Available on: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

The rebirth of id Software's classic first-person shooter actually plays a lot like an update of another id Software hit: Quake III Arena. The open beta will feature the game's multiplayer mode, with 2 maps, 2 game modes, and 7 of the game's weapons.

Gears of War 4

4/18/2016 - 5/01/2016 (Gears of War: Ultimate Edition owners)
4/25/2016 - 5/01/2016 (Open to all)
Available on: Xbox One

Want to play the first Gears of War not developed by Epic Games? If you own the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10, you can jump into the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta on April 18. If you didn't, you have to wait until April 25 to try it out! There's no details on how much of the multiplayer mode will be available in the beta.


5/03/2016 - 5/09/2016 (Pre-Purchasers of Overwatch)
5/05/2016 - 5/09/2016 (Open to all)
Available on: PC (, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The remains of Project Titan come together in this team-based multiplayer shooter! If you pre-order Overwatch for PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 before April 29, you'll get into the early access open beta starting on May 3. Everyone else gets a shot two days later on May 5.

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