Overwatch 2 arrives on October 4, but you don’t have to wait that long to try out the new PvP. Closed beta tests include new game modes, new heroes, and returning mod characters, not only to whet your appetite for the full game, but also to give Blizzard feedback it can implement to improve it. The next beta starts June 28 for both PC and consoles, and you can sign up to play right now.
How to register for the Overwatch 2 closed beta
Signing up for the Overwatch 2 closed betas is easy. First, go to the monitoring website and make sure you’re signed in to your Battle.net account. Once that’s done, look at the top of the page and you’ll see an orange button that says “Request Beta Access.” This will send you to the bottom of the page, which features a dropdown menu for the platform of your choice. Make this selection and press the orange button below it.
Registering your interest does not guarantee you access to the beta version, but it is your best option to participate in the next test. You also won’t jump into the new beta if you participated in the alpha at the end of April. Your choice of platform can also play a role, as Blizzard aims to get enough people on each supported platform so that it can better test its cross-play implementation.
What’s included in the Overwatch 2 Closed Beta
Overwatch 2’s upcoming closed beta will include access to a new map, as well as a new hero Junker Queen. Junker Queen is a tank designed specifically for 5-hero teams, which means she uses a more aggressive style than traditional tanks like Reinhardt. She also has access to a throwing knife attached to a chain, which not only damages enemies, but can also pull them towards her when she retrieves.
The closed beta will also come to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch instead of just PC. Because of this, Blizzard is using it as a way to test cross-system play.
This beta comes as Blizzard is separating the PvP and PvE components of Overwatch 2. The goal is to get content into players’ hands sooner than would otherwise be possible and without loot boxes. PvE is expected to arrive in 2023.
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