Overwatch 2 arrives on October 4, but you won’t have to wait that long to try out the new PvP. Closed beta testing includes the new game modes, new heroes, and the tweaked returning characters, which will not only whet your appetite for the full game, but also provide Blizzard with feedback it can implement to improve it. The next beta starts on June 28th for both PC and consoles, and you can sign up to play in it now.
Sign up for the Overwatch 2 Closed Beta
Signing up for the Overwatch 2 closed betas is easy. First, head over to the Overwatch website and make sure you’re logged into your Battle.net account. Once that’s done, look at the top part of the page and you’ll see an orange “request beta access” button. This will send you to the bottom of the page, with a drop-down menu for your platform of choice. Make this selection and press the orange button below it.
Registering your interest does not guarantee entry to the beta, but it is your best chance to participate in the upcoming test. You will also not be rolled over to the new beta if you participated in the late April alpha. Your platform choice may also play a role, as Blizzard strives to get enough people on each supported platform so that it can better test its cross-play implementation.
What’s in the Overwatch 2 Closed Beta
The next Closed Beta of Overwatch 2 will provide access to a new map and the new Junker Queen hero. Junker Queen is a tank designed specifically for teams of 5 heroes, meaning she uses a more aggressive style than traditional tanks like Reinhardt. She also has access to a throwing blade attached to a chain, which not only damages enemies, but can also draw them to herself when recalled.
The closed beta is also coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch instead of just PC. That’s why Blizzard uses it as a way to test cross-play on different systems.
This beta is coming as Blizzard separates the PvP and PvE components of Overwatch 2. The goal is to get content into players’ hands faster than would otherwise be possible, and without loot boxes. PvE is expected in 2023.
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