Many players will get their hands on Overwatch 2 for the first time tomorrow.
Update: There’s a Twitch Drops campaign running on Wednesday that will guarantee Overwatch 2 beta access as long as you meet certain conditions. Find out more details here:
There’s no need to pinch yourself. The day Overwatch fans have been thirsting for is almost here. The first Overwatch 2 PVP beta goes live tomorrow, and in a matter of hours, some players will receive invites to join the fun. Blizzard has shared a handy Q&A on how the beta works, so here are some details you need to know.
First, this beta is PC only. There are plans to run console tests later, but for now, you’ll need a PC with decent specs, an installed copy of Overwatch and an invite to take part.
In case you’re wondering whether your PC can handle the game, here are the (very reasonable) system requirements. If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up at the Overwatch website for a chance to make it in.
The beta starts on April 26 and is scheduled to run until May 17 (this may change depending on testing needs). There will be more betas, so please don’t be too bummed if you miss out this time. Everyone will get a chance to play Overwatch 2 eventually.
Beta access will start rolling out at 2PM ET tomorrow. Most players selected for the first beta should gain access on April 26. However, Blizzard may invite more people later in the beta period.
If you’re selected to take part in the beta but you somehow don’t already own a copy of Overwatch, you’ll be able to download and install a free trial version while the beta’s live.
The first Overwatch 2 beta will only be available in the following regions:
The PVP beta will have full US English support and limited support for other languages. Team 4 is working on full localization, but some text and audio might still appear in English during this beta.
You’ll be allowed to stream gameplay from the Overwatch 2 PVP beta and create other content from it, as long as you abide by the terms of service. None of your progress will carry over to the full game, in part because things are likely to change quite a bit before the official release.
Some features that you’ll be used to won’t be present in this first beta, such as profiles and endorsements. There won’t be a ranked/competitive mode during the beta, and it seems some of the maps won’t be available either. All the heroes should be selectable though, including newcomer Sojourn.
If you don’t get an invite tomorrow (if you’re reading this, I really hope you do), there are a few other ways you might be able to score one. If you’re attending the Overwatch League match between Houston Outlaws and Dallas Fuel, you might get lucky and snag one of the 50 invites that are being given away at the event.
But guess what? There’s also a way to get guaranteed access.
If you watch certain streamers for at least four hours on Wednesday, you’ll be eligible for a Twitch drop that includes a beta invite. You can find the full list of streamers here.
If you want to know what to expect from the Overwatch 2 beta, check out my preview and impressions from the alpha that ran in March:
I can’t wait for the beta to start. Hope to see you in there tomorrow.