Overwatch 2 Beta: Sign-Ups, Dates, And Details For PC/Console Test

The next Overwatch 2 closed beta starts today, June 28, and here's how you can take part.

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A new Overwatch 2 beta is set to start today, June 28. The closed beta test will offer players a chance to try out two new heroes, the new Push game mode, and the many balance changes being made across the game--both to individual characters and overall, as Overwatch 2 is shifting to a 5v5 format. Below, we've rounded up all of the details you need to know about the next beta, including how to sign up and what's included on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4.

How to 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 portion of the page and you'll see an orange "request beta access" button. This will send you to the bottom of the page, which features a dropdown menu for your platform of choice. Make this selection and hit the orange button underneath.

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Registering your interest doesn't guarantee you access to the beta, but it is your best shot at taking part in the upcoming test. You also don't get rolled over into the new beta if you participated in the late-April alpha. Your platform choice can also play a role, as Blizzard is aiming to get enough people on each supported platform so it can better test its cross-play implementation.

What can get you guaranteed access, however, is forking over some cold, hard, cash. A $40 bundle called the Watchpoint Pack guarantees access to the beta alongside other digital content.

What's included in the Overwatch 2 closed beta

The next Overwatch 2 closed beta will include access to a new map, as well as the new Junker Queen hero. Junker Queen is a tank who was designed specifically for 5-hero teams, meaning 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 pull them toward her when it's recalled.

The closed beta is also coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch rather than just PC. Because of this, Blizzard is using it as a way to test cross-play across systems.

This beta arrives 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. The PvP component of Overwatch 2, which will replace the existing Overwatch live game, releases on October 4.

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