Gigantic Open Beta for Xbox and Win 10 Announced
Starting December 8th 2016, the Gigantic beta will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on xbox live/win 10. This means you no longer need to wait for a key or a playtest to play Gigantic! To clarify one more time, the open beta for xbox live and windows 10 starts on December 8, 2016. Gigantic's client on the Arc platform will still be closed following the Gigantic weekend stress test this weekend, 12/1 - 12/4. Perfect World's announcement (posted here) stated that the Arc open beta will be opening at a later date, but did not give a specific date or date range, so we may be waiting another month or more to see the Arc client open 24 hours a day.
The Xbox/Win 10 open beta will be an amazing opportunity for anyone who plays, has played, or wants to play Gigantic. Streamers will be able to set up regular streaming schedules for their fans, teams can start scouting and forming to build the competitive scene, and casual players will be able to hop on and enjoy themselves at any time of the day. If you have friends who play xbox or use Windows 10, be sure to direct them to the Arc or Gogigantic websites so they can learn about the game and how to start playing. If you are looking to get into the game, check the bottom of this article for links to some helpful resources to help you download the game and learn how to play.
The open beta has been announced to include 16 heroes and 3 maps, which means we will not be seeing an immediate return of the briefly-previewed "Pakko" or the long-missed "Roland", but we have heard rumors and learned from data mining that even more heroes are being actively developed. No one knows how many heroes there will be in the final roster, but Motiga has never mentioned any plans for a maximum hero count so it is safe to assume there will be many heroes to come as the game progresses. When the beta opens, each player will have access to 4 free-week heroes (which will change each week) as well as 4 random heroes. There has been no word on whether or not skins will be available, but we have seen plenty of skins in previous beta tests, so it is safe to expect at least some of them to make an appearance in this open beta.
Patch notes are yet to be released, but be sure to watch Gigantic news feeds across the web to stay up to date on news about the open beta. I will list links below to guide you to various resources to help you get connected. Be sure to head over to our forums to check out some competitive footage, guides and stream VoDs to help you succeed in the new open beta environment.
Gigantic official website: http://gogigantic.com
Our ApeX forums (VoDs and guides): http://apexgg.org/forums
News from Persistent World and Motiga: https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/Gigantic/news
Gigantic official Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoGigantic
ApeX official Twitter: https://twitter.com/team_apexgg
GoGigantic Unleased website for articles and builder: http://ggunleashed.com/index.html
Gigantic official subbreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/gigantic/
Gigantic official Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gogigantic
Gigantic community discord: https://discord.gg/UHky7HK
Hope to see you in the open beta!