After going into an extended break in December, Overwatch’s closed beta re-opens February 9. The break was extended in late January, though it’s right on target with the proposed mid-February return.
Blizzard is introducing an “all-new progression system” to the game, along with two new maps and a new game mode. The team has made hero balance changes, along with a “variety of private game updates,” including “full A.I. matches”—all changes the company promised to make when taking the game offline.