Blizzard is changing its Overwatch 2 release plans in a big way. Instead of delivering the PvP and PvE parts of the shooter together, Blizzard will split the package to get the PvP part of Overwatch 2 into the hands of players sooner rather than later.
In a new update – the first in a series of updates aimed at communicating more often with fans – Blizzard has announced that Overwatch 2 PvP will enter closed beta testing later today, with a beta scheduled for late April.
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The closed beta is open only to Blizzard employees, Overwatch League professionals, and a select few other teams. However, the PvP beta in late April will be available to PC players in all regions. While this will be a closed beta, it is an opportunity for a larger group of testers to play PvP mode and provide feedback to the developers.
As part of the beta, some of the upcoming changes in Overwatch 2 will be available for testing. This includes new hero Sojourn, new game mode Push, 5v5 Multiplayer, new Hero remake and four new maps.
Players who can sign up to claim access to Overwatch 2 PvP Beta 1 on Multiplayer (and hopefully platforms) will have the opportunity to test the PvP beta during the upcoming beta phases.
Overwatch 2 PvP Beta screenshot
Overwatch 2 is the sequel to 2016’s critically acclaimed competitive shooter. The plans for Overwatch 2 are a bit complicated because Blizzard has announced major changes to the multiplayer that will affect the game. both Overwatch 1 and 2. The new PvE story mode will be exclusive to the sequel.
Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon in 2019, but according to an IGN investigation, the announcement was premature with internal sources saying Overwatch 2 is still years away. The news that Blizzard will split the Overwatch 2 bundle into PvP and PvE suggests that if the company continues to release the two together, the game will take longer to release.
But with PvP becoming a separate release, Blizzard looks set to aim for an earlier launch date for the hero shooter sequel. This strategy mirrors other recent games like Halo Infinite, which separates the main campaign from the free-to-play multiplayer mode.
Whether this means we’ll see Overwatch 2 in 2022 is still in the air, but for now, many fans will be getting their hands on the long-awaited shooter practice sooner than expected.
Matt TM Kim is IGN News Editor. You can approach him @lawoftd.
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