The beta for Overwatch 2 is almost here, bringing an end to a two-year content famine for the game. Since the addition of the hero Echo in April 2020, there hasn’t been a significant update to the game. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel.
Overwatch 2’s PvP content will be available for users to try out ahead of the game’s full release, rather than having to wait until the PvE side of the game is completed. It has been changed significantly from the original Overwatch in that teams are made up of one tank, two damage, and two support players, rather than 6v6 as it was in the original.
Due to a large amount of content in the Overwatch 2 beta, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide that includes everything you need to know – including the beta’s release date, which characters are getting reworks, which new maps, heroes, and game types are included. With so much to learn about the Overwatch 2 PvP beta, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you get started.
Overwatch 2 Beta Release Date
On April 26, 2022, the first Overwatch 2 beta will be made available, according to the game’s developers, Blizzard Entertainment. It is currently unknown when exactly the beta will go live on that day, but our best guess is at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET, which corresponds to the time when new Overwatch patches and updates are typically issued. Currently, there is no official word on when the beta will go live.
We don’t know when the Overwatch 2 beta will come to an end, but given the developers’ eagerness to get players’ hands on the game and test it fully, we expect it to be on the longer side and endure for a few weeks at the very least. However, there is a chance that it will not endure for very long at all. We’ll post an update as soon as we receive additional information.
Overwatch 2 Beta: Characters
All 32 Overwatch characters, and also new hero Sojourn, are available in the Overwatch 2 beta.
However, with Overwatch 2’s transition from 6v6 to 5v5, Blizzard has tweaked every character’s damage, health regen, and health pool in order to make them more effective. Blizzard has also completely reworked some heroes, including Sombra, Doomfist, Bastion, and Orisa.
Here is a list of all the heroes that will be available in Overwatch 2.
- Soldier 76
- Wrecking Ball
Overwatch 2 Beta: Gameplay
The arrival of Sojourn, a new damage hero with strong ranged attacks and excellent horizontal and vertical mobility, is arguably the most exciting aspect of the Overwatch 2 beta.
Sojourn is a new damage hero with powerful ranged attacks and excellent horizontal and vertical mobility. Listed below is a breakdown of the weapons and abilities available to Sojourn, as revealed by the creators during a recent Livestream:
Railgun: The primary weapon of Sojourn. Primary firing is characterized by rapid-fire bullets that accumulate energy. Secondary fire is characterized by the deployment of high-impact shots that utilize saved energy.
PowerPoint: An ability that allows Sojourn to slide in the direction you’re traveling in, resulting in a speed boost for both of your characters. When you jump during the slide, you get a really high jump.
Shot of Disruption: This enables Sojourn to fire an energy sphere at foes, slowing and damaging them while they are stuck in it.
Overclock: For a limited time, Sojourn’s Ultimate ability allows her Railgun to auto-generate energy, while also allowing her Railgun assaults to penetrate several foes at the same time.
Based on the gameplay we’ve seen so far and what we know about her weapons and abilities, it appears that Sojourn will be a cross between Soldier: 76 and Ashe in terms of gameplay. Sojourn is predicted to be an extremely powerful hero, owing to her ability to move quickly and easily with her Power Slide, as well as the versatility of her Railgun.
Overwatch 2 Beta Maps
Except for the Assault maps, all of the maps from the first game will be available in the Overwatch 2 beta, just like the heroes.
Assault maps have been a source of contention since the game’s inception, as they can either snowball quickly, with one side earning an easy win or
become progressively difficult to capture checkpoints as time passes.
Instead, the development team has decided to focus on Push in this first beta, with two maps in that mode. There are also two new maps, the New York-based Midtown Hybrid map and the Monte Carlo-themed Circuit Royal Escort map.
The following is a complete list of maps included in the beta:
- Blizzard World
- King’s Row
- Route 66
- Watchpoint: Gibraltar
- Circuit Royal
- Maps not returning
- Horizon Lunar Colony
- Temple of Anubis
- Volskaya Industries
Overwatch 2 System Requirement
- These specifications are for a target framerate of 30 frames per second:
- Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 64-bit are the supported operating systems (latest Service Pack)
- Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650 processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series for video
- RAM memory: 6 GB
- Storage: 50 GB of hard drive space is available.
Recommended ‘Overwatch 2’ Specs
If you want to play the Overwatch 2 PVP beta at least at 60 frames per second (and you should), on medium settings, you’ll need the following:
Windows 10 64-bit operating system (latest Service Pack)
Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380 for video
RAM is 8 GB.
Storage: 50 GB of hard drive space is available.