Overwatch 2 Beta Begins June 28

Overwatch 2 Beta Begins June 28

If you missed your chance to play Overwatch 2 during the game's first beta test, your next shot at giving the game a whirl before it hits shelves this fall is here. The second beta test for Overwatch 2 begins June 28 and will feature the game's newest character, Junker Queen, as well as a new map. Even better, the servers will be open not only for PC players but those playing on the console as well.

Blizzard announced the big news on the official Overwatch Twitter account, revealing the date for the beta, the new features players will get to test out, and the signup date: June 16. The developer also shared more details about the beta will be announced on June 16, meaning even more exciting reveals could be on the horizon.

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While which new map will be playable has yet to be announced--there are quite a few to choose from--Blizzard recently shed a bit more light on Junker Queen at the Xbox-Bethesda Games Showcase. Overwatch's 34th character to enter the fray will be a tank hero, equipped with a stocky shotgun and a large, two-handed ax for melee attacks.

The announcement comes in the midst of a tumultuous time at Blizzard. Over the last year, both Blizzard and its parent company, Activision, have faced numerous allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition, the company is currently in the process of being purchased by Microsoft. As talks of unionization begin with the company, Microsoft has come forward saying it will formally recognize an Activision Blizzard union.

Overwatch 2 is scheduled to release on all consoles and PC October 4, 2022. The multiplayer will be free-to-play and comes with at least two new characters: Sojourn and Junker Queen. The game's paid campaign will come at a later date.

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We are here to help and answer some of your most burning questions! 

Q. I had access to the first Overwatch 2 PVP Beta, will I automatically roll over to the next beta as well? 

A. Beta access does not roll over from the previous Overwatch 2 PvP Beta. For the upcoming beta, our main goal is to test our console and cross-play capabilities as we scale up server testing slowly. Because of this, we need to select players based in part on their platform choice, so we’re launching a new opt-in process that tracks player platform preference.  

Q. Do I need to opt in for the next beta if I opted in for the first? 

A. Yes, all players will need to opt-in for the next beta regardless of their opt-in status from the first beta. 

Q. On what platforms will the beta be available? 

A. The beta will test Overwatch 2 on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles. Players requesting access to PlayStation in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania should select "PLAYSTATION, EUROPE" as their platform. Actual platform availability, launch date(s), and duration of Overwatch® 2 Beta subject to change. 

Q. How are beta participants selected from the opt-in pool? 

A. Beta participants are chosen from our Overwatch beta opt-in pool based on a variety of factors. This can include but is not limited to, your Battle.net region and the platform for which you are opting in. We’ll also be inviting select journalists and community contributors from around the world to participate.  

Q. How will I know if I’m selected to participate in the beta? 

A. Players who are selected through our web opt-in process will receive an invite via email. Invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.  

Q. Will any progress I make during the beta carry over to the live game? 

A. No, progress made during this beta will not carry over to the live game.  

Q. Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta? 

A. We're developing Overwatch 2 for Windows-based PCs only. 

Q. What are the PC system requirements for the Overwatch 2 Beta? 

A. Check out the PC requirements below: 

Minimum (targeting 30fps):  

Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack) 

Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650 

Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series

Memory: 6 GB RAM 

Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space 

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings): 

Operating system: Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack) 

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 

Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380 

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space 

For the best performance, please be sure to update to the latest drivers available for your graphics card. Please note, that due to potential changes, the system requirements may change over time.

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