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Blizzard posted an update on Overwatch 2 today and revealed that the game's PvP Beta will start in late April for PC in select regions. 

In the latest developer update, Game Director Aaron Keller revealed that Overwatch 2's PvP and PvE experiences will be separated from one another to get PvP content into your hands sooner, while the team continues to work on PvE. Overwatch 2 PvP Beta 1 will start in late April and the following will be available for testing:

  • 5v5 
  • New Hero: Sojourn 
  • 4 New Maps 
  • New Mode: Push 
  • Hero Reworks: Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, Sombra
  • New Ping System

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Overwatch is evolving. In our first step towards increased communication and a consistent cadence of updates for our community, we are incredibly excited to share information about our plans for the upcoming months. We are changing our release strategy by decoupling Overwatch 2’s PvP and PvE experiences from one another to get new PvP content into your hands sooner, while we 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 us prepare for wider testing.

Then our first PvP Beta will begin in late April for PC in select regions. This closed beta will include a larger group of testers who we will ask to provide gameplay feedback. Our goal for this phase is to test our new features, content, and systems before we 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 we’ve had since our launch. Here are the major items you can expect to see from the first beta!

  • 5v5 
  • New Hero: Sojourn 
  • New Maps 
  • New Mode:Push 
  • Hero Reworks
  • New Ping System


You 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 we will add more and more players as we progress through the upcoming beta phases. We will also be sharing regular updates about what to expect in this first beta in the weeks leading up until its launch. 

Thank you for coming along with us as we step forward into a new era of Overwatch. We can’t wait to show you more!

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It sounds like they are downscaling the game a bit. PvE was supposed to come together with PvP changes, it was supposed to be a huge selling point of OW2 (which was already hardly worth being called a sequel tbh, more like an expansion). What's the point of calling it OW2 now? PvE could potentially attract more players. But now it's just a bunch of balance changes, maps, new skins and... just one new hero? We've already seen Sojourn during original announcement.

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I feel like peoples underestimate what is being done for the PvE mode, I really think it will be a game on it's own.

What he says is that to help with the delay they just decided to release the PvP part of OW2 earlier the part that is cool but not that critical to OW2 true core (the PvE).

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