It seems like ages ago since Overwatch 2 was officially unveiled to the world back at BlizzCon 2019. Since then, Blizzard Entertainment has seen its massive share of controversies that have severely impacted the development of many of its franchises.
Overwatch appeared destined for irrelevancy, with no major updates to the first game since the release of Echo in early 2020, the FPS has a dwindling player base that's slowly growing impatient.
The hope that the announcement of the Overwatch League 2022 being played on the sequel was quickly fading away as we entered March with no follow-up news. That is, until now.
Surprising the entire gaming community, Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed information regarding the upcoming Overwatch 2 PvP beta, including how to opt-in, and when it's going to go down.
Overwatch 2 beta - Schedule
Via an Overwatch 2 developer update YouTube video, game director Aaron Keller explained that the devs have split the PvP and PvE modes in order to bring competitive play sooner to players.
While Overwatch League pros will get to play the PvP Overwatch 2 build starting on 10th March, fans can start playing via the closed PvP beta in April. No confirmed dates were unveiled.
Overwatch 2 beta - Opt-In
To register for a spot in the upcoming Overwatch 2 close beta PvP, follow these steps:
- Head over to the Overwatch 2 beta official site.
- Click the "Opt-In button" and then hit "Sign Up Now."
- Enter your Battle.net information
Is the Overwatch 2 beta on Xbox and PlayStation?
Sadly for console players, the beta is only exclusive to PC users. Blizzard has yet to announce plans for a console beta, however, they confirmed more tests will happen throughout 2022.
Overwatch 2 beta - New heroes and maps
Players have access to multiple new features that will debut with Overwatch 2, including heroes, maps, reworks, and much more.
- Overwatch 2 dev build shows up on Battle.net
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- Overwatch League pro Alarm has passed away, aged 20
Take a look at the image down below.
Further betas will feature more and more changes according to Aaron Keller. Expect new heroes and maps to be showcased before the game's eventual release.
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Featured image courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.