Overwatch 2 is moving from Alpha testing into wider Beta. The first Overwatch 2 closed Beta test begins April 26 on PC, and “will include a larger group of testers who we will ask to provide gameplay feedback.” According to the news post, the goal is to “test our new features, content, and systems before we shift to stress-testing the servers with a wider player base in future Beta tests.”

This initial Beta will be PvP only, and PC-only. Recently, Blizzard announced they are separating the PvP with the new PvE gameplay modes, with the goal of releasing PvP sooner.

The beta is opt-in, which you can do via the official website. Note that you will need to own a copy of the original game to participate, and a Battle.net account.

The beta will include the following modes and changes:

  • PvP 5v5
  • New hero: Sojourn
  • New Push Mode
  • All Overwatch maps, plus four new maps:
    • Circuit Royal (Escort)
    • Midtown (Hybrid)
    • Toronto (Push)
    • Rome (Push)
  • New Hero Reworks for the following:
    • Orisa
    • Doomfist
    • Bastion
    • Sombra
  • New Ping System

Beta testers will be granted access in phases, so if you don’t get selected now, you may get selected in the future. Future betas will be playable on consoles as well. Any progress earned during this beta will not carry over.

A release date for Overwatch 2 has not yet been announced.

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