HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE SECOND BETA & F.A.Q.
The next Overwatch 2 Beta is on its way and will include console support, Junker Queen, and Rio—a hybrid map that’s home to Lucio’s “Clube Sinestesia!” This next phase of testing is slated to begin June 28, 2022 6:00 PM and run until July 18. Please keep in mind the end date may be extended based on what our testing needs are at that time.
The beta will be available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Because we’re expanding this beta to more platforms, all players, including those who previously had access, will need to opt-in again starting June 16, 2022 6:00 PM. Players will need to specify which platform they would like to play on when they opt in for this beta.
We are here to help and answer some of your most burning questions!
Q. I had access to the first Overwatch 2 PVP Beta, will I automatically roll over to the next beta as well?
A. Beta access does not roll over from the previous Overwatch 2 PvP Beta. For the upcoming beta, our main goal is to test our console and cross-play capabilities as we scale up server testing slowly. Because of this, we need to select players based in part on their platform choice, so we’re launching a new opt-in process which tracks player platform preference.
Q. How do I get access to the Overwatch 2 Beta?
A. The new opt-in web form is now available on PlayOverwatch.com/beta is slated to stay open until June 28, 2022 6:00 PM unless we hit our projected maximum server capacity earlier. We’ll select a small group of players when the beta goes live on June 28, 2022 6:00 PM and will steadily add more players over time as we ramp up capacity, with the first waves of larger access grants planned to begin on July 05.
Our goal is to provide access to ALL players that opt-in to the beta by no later than July 14, 2022 6:00 PM.
Players who purchase the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack on a platform on which the beta is available will be granted immediate beta access as soon as the Overwatch 2 Beta launches on June 28, 2022 6:00 PM, or whenever the Watchpoint Pack is purchased after the Beta kicks off.
Please note that if you are playing on a PlayStation device and opting in through our website, you will need to select the region in which your PlayStation Network account was created. If you do not select the correct region, you will not be granted access.
Q. Do I need to opt-in for the next beta if I opted in for the first?
A. Yes, all players will need to opt-in for the next beta regardless of their opt-in status from the first beta.
Q. On what platforms will the beta be available?
A. The beta will test Overwatch 2 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Players requesting access on PlayStation in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania should select “PLAYSTATION, EUROPE” as their platform. Actual platform availability, launch date(s), and duration of Overwatch® 2 Beta subject to change.
Q. How are beta participants selected from the opt-in pool?
A. Beta participants are chosen from our Overwatch beta opt-in pool based on a variety of factors. This can include, but is not limited to, your Battle.net region and the platform for which you are opting-in. We’ll also be inviting select journalists and community contributors from around the world to participate.
Q. How will I know if I’m selected to participate in the beta?
A. Players who are selected through our web opt-in process will receive an invite via email. Invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.
Q. Will any progress I make during the beta carry over to the live game?
A. No, progress made during this beta will not carry over to the live game.
Q. Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
A. We’re developing Overwatch 2 for Windows-based PCs only.
Q. What are the PC system requirements for the Overwatch 2 Beta?
A. Check out the PC requirements below:
Minimum (targeting 30fps):
- Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
- Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space
- Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):
- Operating system: Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5
- Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space
For the best performance, please be sure to update to the latest drivers available for your graphics card. Please note, due to potential changes, the system requirements may change over time.
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OVERWATCH DEVELOPER POST ARCHIVES
This is a categorized archive of all relevant Communication from Blizzard Entertainment regarding Overwatch. This includes all relevant forum posts from the Overwatch Development Team, community managers, and customer service representatives from both the new forums and the old forums. This also includes any relevant Reddit posts, Developer Update Videos, News Articles, Technical Support Articles, Third-Party Interviews, etc. Basically, anything that is not in an organized place. Links to Patch Notes along with descriptions of the key changes in each patch are now included with the recent change to the website structure.
Click here to see how this Guide works
Things I will not include
- Patch Notes will not be linked here. You can find those on the official Overwatch Website by clicking here (Mainly due to how they are presented would break the most of the links every time a new patch was released.)
- Responses on the forums for violations of the Forum Code-of-Conduct unless there is relevant information that can educate the community.
- Any Blizzard representative response in the Technical Support forum, the Bug Report forum, the PTR Feedback Forum, the PTR Bug Report forum, the Looking for Group forums, or the Workshop forum unless the post contains specifically relevant long-term information related to the current state of Overwatch that can contribute to all players. Some links to common sticky posts and support articles are provided here however.
- Any Irrelevant Meme or Prank responses (yes they do have some from time to time).
- Any posts that hint or preview features or changes to the game that have now been applied in the current patch of the game. For example in 2016 and 2017, Reporting on Console was a heavily requested feature. Since that feature is now in the game, any mentions of that post are no longer included in this archive.
- Any posts that don’t specifically discuss the reasoning of any hero balance changes that have already been applied. (i.e. “Yes, we have plans for Mercy” coming soon.) However, posts that give specific reasoning to hero balance changes will be archived. (i.e. “We have no plans to revert Mercy. We are very satistified with the changes.”)
- Most Blizzard Posts regarding the game’s development in Beta, unless it is historically relevant. I don’t have direct access to the beta forums which have been shut down for years now, not to mention most posts in the Beta are irrelevant to the state of the game today.
How to navigate this guide
To keep things simple, click on the expand header to open that category to view that list of posts. Posts are organized by subject, post author, date, and source. A emoji indicates a post that is no longer available to be replied to. A emoji indicates a post that may be longer relevant to the current state of the game. A emoji indicates a post that contains highly relevant information and is a recommended read for all members of the community. A emoji indicates a post that contains information that is temporarily relevant and will likely be removed from the archives at a later date. A emoji indicates a post that may lead to “dangerous” content, the post is to denote the warning from Blizzard about such content, but be sure to not navigate to the source content in order to protect your accounts. A icon means the content can only be viewed if you have a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket (when the BlizzCon site is open and available).
Why this guide was made
I like maintaining a record of all relevant responses from Blizzard in order to answer questions to other players on these forums. I hope that by sharing this organized database, players will be able to look into past developer responses to be able to cite from when creating constructive content here on the forums. Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any relevant content (be sure to provide a link), or if I just screwed something up (I am sure I mislinked something at least once). As a Forum MVP, I do not represent Blizzard Entertainment, and while all information in this thread is believed to be correct to the best of my ability, there may be mistakes present. Learn more about the Forum MVP program here.