Overwatch 2 beta starts today. Here’s how to get in

Sojourn inside, one tank out and more changes awaiting the Overwatch 2 beta.

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he is here. It’s finally, really here. We get our hands on the Overwatch 2 beta today, just over 900 days since the sequel to the hero-based shooter was announced. It’s been a long wait for those of us who have been begging for great new content – no new heroes have been released in the past couple of years, and balance updates have been few and far between.

As a result, players are looking forward to the Overwatch 2 beta to bring the franchise back to life.

was the game first announced at BlizzCon 2019, but news of the game was hard to come by. Granted, since then, there has been a pandemic, a Major lawsuit over workplace cultureBeside that Microsoft expands into games and Xbox even further, buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. But former and current fans have been excited for more glimpses of the upcoming sequel.

Today, we satiate that hunger. Here’s everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 beta.

How do I get the Overwatch 2 beta?

You may have already gained access to the beta by signing up for the beta selection process on the official Overwatch website. If you are selected, you will receive an email from Blizzard with instructions on how to access the trial.

If you’re not selected, don’t panic – you can access the beta by watching one of the approximately 200 premium broadcasters mentioned at the bottom of Blizzard’s welcome post. Note that beta access will only be distributed to people who watch for four hours between 10 AM and 6 PM PT on Wednesday, April 27. This means you have an eight-hour window to watch four hours of Overwatch 2 streams if you want to access them.

If you missed the broadcast drop feature, look out for future beta tests.

What time is the Overwatch 2 beta release time?

The beta begins at 11AM PT on Tuesday, April 26th and runs for three weeks until Tuesday, May 17th. Blizzard will give you access throughout the trial period, so if you don’t get in on day one, keep an eye on your email for the next few weeks – you may be able to access later.

How do I download the Overwatch 2 beta?

First, you will need a copy of Overwatch to access the beta. If you don’t already have one, Blizzard has stated that players invited to the trial version will be able to download a free trial of Overwatch. From there, you are just a few steps away from downloading the trial version:

1. Log into your Battle.net account and go to Overwatch on the game launcher.

2. At the bottom right, tap game version Projection.

3. Choose Overwatch 2 Technical Beta to install.

4. When the download is complete, press the blue button Play button to start.

Screenshot of the Overwatch player

If you’re ready to download, your game launcher should say “Overwatch 2 Technical Beta” instead of “Overwatch”.

Screenshot / Adam Benjamin

Is Overwatch 2 beta for PC only?

Sorry, console players, the first Overwatch 2 beta is exclusive to PC. However, Blizzard has stated that future betas will include consoles.

What’s in the Overwatch 2 beta?

The demo is our first chance to check out the new 5v5 gameplay, which features one tank, two damaged heroes, and two props. It’s also the debut for Sojourn, the new hero who does electromagnetic cannon damage and the first black female character from Overwatch. Players will get to experience the new Push game mode on maps of Rome and Toronto, and new payload maps such as Circuit Royale and Midtown.

In addition to the new content, the Overwatch 2 beta will feature a rework of older Overwatch heroes. For example, Sombra gets new penetration mechanics and EMP mechanics, Orisa trades in her deployable shield for a javelin, and Doomfist is transferred from damage class to the tank.

What’s not particularly present in the Overwatch 2 beta: Attack maps. Too bad game mode has been removed from the sequel. Sayonara, Hanamura.

And that’s it! Remember, this is a test build, so not everything will be polished, not everything will be included and not all changes in beta will be final. Good luck to everyone hoping to get in, and maybe the beta is even better than we hoped.

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