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Here’s how to get into the Overwatch 2 beta, when it starts

By Olivia Richman


Mar 10, 2022

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Blizzard has finally announced the details surrounding the long-awaited Overwatch 2 beta including how to join in and when it starts.

Alpha testing for Overwatch 2’s PvP game modes will launch on March 10 for an invitation-only group. Blizzard employees, Overwatch League professionals, and other “select groups” will also be able to participate. Then, a closed beta will be available for Overwatch fans that have been anxiously waiting for news.

Overwatch League pros were supposed to be playing on an early version of Overwatch 2 in the upcoming season but it’s currently unclear if this will happen. The game has been delayed multiple times, with no official new release date revealed by Blizzard.

The current release date for Overwatch 2 is uncertain, but some players will be able to get a taste of the game in the near future.

When is the Overwatch 2 beta starting?

The first closed beta start in late April in select regions.

Players will be able to provide feedback to the Overwatch 2 development team and then it will move on to a larger test group. An exact date has not yet been revealed.

The Overwatch team explained that there was a decision to split up the PvP and PvE game modes. This allowed developers to launch the PvP Overwatch 2 beta sooner after continued pressure from the community.

Overwatch game director Aaron Keller listed some of the major items that will be in the PvP beta. This includes access to new hero Sojourn, new maps, the Push game mode, 5v5 combat, and hero reworks.

How to get into the Overwatch 2 beta

Players looking to get into the Overwatch 2 beta can do so by signing up on the game’s official website.

There is a new dedicated page on Overwatch’s website where fans can opt into these events, but this comes packaged with signing up for official mailing lists. The beta will only be available on PC, so console players will be left on the outside looking in on the action for the time being.

More information on Overwatch 2 will be shared as it gets closer to the April launch.


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