Overwatch is evolving. In their first step towards increased communication and a consistent cadence of updates for our community, the developers are incredibly excited to share information about their plans for the upcoming months. They are changing their release strategy by decoupling Overwatch 2’s PvP and PvE experiences from one another to get new PvP content into player hands sooner, while they continue to work on PvE.
Learn more about what’s happening through our most recent developer update with Game Director Aaron Keller:
Closed alpha testing for Overwatch 2 PvP begins today in select regions and includes Blizzard employees, Overwatch League pros, and a few other select groups to help them prepare for wider testing.
Then their first PvP Beta will begin in late April for PC in all regions. This closed beta will include a larger group of testers who the devs will ask to provide gameplay feedback. Their goal for this phase is to test their new features, content, and systems before they shift to stress-testing the servers with a wider player base in future Beta tests.
This first PvP Beta will include the most significant release they have had since their launch. Here are the major items players can expect to see from the first beta:
- New Damage Hero: Sojourn
- New Game Mode: Push
- 5v5 Multiplayer
- Hero Reworks
- 4 New Maps
Players can sign up to request access to the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta 1 now on PlayOverwatch.com. Players will be granted access in phases, and the devs will add more and more players as they progress through the upcoming beta phases. They will also be sharing regular updates about what to expect in this first beta in the weeks leading up until its launch.