Overwatch 2 Beta: how to play, schedule, new content, everything you need to know

Blizzard has officially announced that a series of beta tests for Overwatch 2 will take place throughout 2022. So here’s how to get in on the action as quickly as possible.

After years of secrecy and confusion, Blizzard has finally lifted the veil on the state of Overwatch 2, the publisher’s highly anticipated sequel classic FPS.

With the revelation that multiple beta tests will take place throughout 2022, players will finally get a glimpse of what the future of Overwatch will be like – but you’ll have to opt-in for it.

From Twitch drops to a breakdown of brand new content in beta, here’s everything you need to know.


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The Overwatch 2 beta is finally here, but how can you participate?

Overwatch 2 beta dates

Overwatch 2’s first PVP beta is set to expire Tuesday 26 April to Tuesday 17 May. This gives fans three full weeks to enjoy the first build and all of its new content.

The first day starts at 11am PT, but there is currently no exact time when the beta will end on May 17th.

It is important to remember that this final date is also subject to change, so there is a chance that the first beta phase will be extended later.

How to sign up for the Overwatch 2 Beta

Luckily, getting your name in the ring to try out the beta is relatively easy, but unfortunately it all depends on luck. Not everyone gets access, but luckily there is another way if you haven’t been picked. More on the twitch drop system below.

It is worth remembering that the beta is only available on PC, That means console players will have to wait a bit longer to dive in. they also must own a copy of Overwatch 1.

Sign in:

  1. Visit Blizzard’s official Beta opt-in side
  2. Sign in with your Battle.net Account
    • Access is via E-mailso make sure you log in with the account you want to play on
  3. Voila! You have signed up
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Sojourn will finally be playable!

Overwatch 2 Beta Twitch Drops

If the above method proves unsuccessful for the first Overwatch 2 beta, you have another method to resort to: Twitch Drops.

Overwatch partner streamers will be enabled for Beta Twitch Drops for a very limited time. If you tune in for a total of four hours, you’ve earned access to the Overwatch 2 Beta.

Twitch Drops are active from 10am PT to 6pm PT on April 27th. This gives you eight hours to accommodate your four hours of playback time. The full list of Twitch partner streamers can be viewed found here.

Overwatch 2 Beta: System Requirements

Signing up is fair and good, but you must ensure that your system is safe to play the game.

Below are the minimum and recommended specs, courtesy of blizzard:

minimum Recommended
Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650 Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
Memory: 6GB RAM Memory: 8GB RAM
Memory: 50GB Memory: 50GB

Overwatch 2 Beta (April) details.

So you’re signed up or have a plan in place with Twitch Drops, but what content can you actually expect to see in Overwatch 2’s first beta? This time, players can only access the 5v5 PvP contentmeaning all brand new PvE content will remain behind closed doors.

However, what you do have access to is:

  • new hero: Visit
  • Hero revised: Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, Sombra
  • New maps: Circuit Royale (Escort), Midtown (Hybrid), New Queen Street (Push), Colosseo (Push)
  • New game mode: Press
  • New ping system

So, this is how you access the Overwatch 2 Beta and dive into the game’s brand new content in return. Looking for a quick refresher? Be sure to check out our Overwatch guides:

Overwatch Crossplay | Is there cross progression in Overwatch? | How to Claim Free Overwatch League Tokens and OWL Skins | What are Overwatch Ranks?

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