Overwatch 2 Beta Begins In April, PvE Being Separated From PvP

An Over­watch 2 beta is head­ing to PC in April, and an alpha test kicks off for the shoot­er this week, Bliz­zard announced. Addi­tion­al­ly, the com­pa­ny is sep­a­rat­ing its PvE and PvP modes in order to get a sec­tion of the game into the hand of the play­ers soon­er rather than later.

Game direc­tor Aaron Keller shared the infor­ma­tion as part of new devel­op­er update video. The big take­aways were the “decou­pling” of the PvP and PvE ele­ments of Over­watch 2, meant to “get new PvP con­tent into your hands soon­er, while we con­tin­ue to work on PvE,” accord­ing to a blog post.

The closed alpha test for Over­watch 2’s PvP began yes­ter­day, but it’s not some­thing the aver­age gamer can par­tic­i­pate in. It will con­tain Bliz­zard employ­ees, Over­watch League play­ers (OWL was already set to use Over­watch 2 for its upcom­ing sea­son), and “a few oth­er select groups” ahead of a beta that will start in “late April” for PC play­ers in all regions.

The April Over­watch 2 test will be a closed beta, but you can sign up to try and gain access on the game’s offi­cial web­site. Access will come in waves, so if you don’t get in the first time–more invites will be sent out later.

More details on what’s in the beta are still to be con­firmed, but Bliz­zard did say it will have the new Push game mode, four new maps, a new Dam­age hero (Sojourn), and reworks for var­i­ous heroes. Of course, Over­watch 2 will also intro­duced new 5v5 game­play. When the title final­ly does arrive, the PvP mode will inte­grate with Over­watch 1, allow­ing those play­ers to use new heroes and play an new maps.

Over­watch 2 does not have a release date. 

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