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How to play Overwatch 2 Beta

Everything you need to know when it comes to the latest Overwatch 2 Beta

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 3:00 pm
How to play Overwatch 2 Beta

Latest Update: The Overwatch 2 Beta will go live today, June 28th. Below we have listed the start times it will go live in all major regions:

  • UK: 7pm (BST)
  • Europe: 8pm (CEST)
  • West Coast US: 11am (PDT)
  • East Coast US: 2pm (EDT)

Overwatch 2, the hugely anticipated and massively-delayed 5v5 shooter, finally has a concrete release date, leaving fans of the game asking how they can play the Overwatch 2 Beta – which is set to go live on June 28th, 2022.

The character-based first-person shooter is set to go live on October 4th, however, an early PvP beta will launch in just over a week’s time, giving eager players a chance to see what the new Overwatch 2 game is all about.

All being said, this article will be a compressive guide on how to play Overwatch 2 Beta. We’ll explore what’s in store, how to guarantee access, rewards, and more.

Overwatch 2 Beta dates

The Overwatch 2 Beta dates have also been released, with signups for the Beta going live on June 16th, 2022. That’s not all though, gamers who miss out on the first Beta codes drop will have a second chance, with Blizzard dispatching another batch around July 5th.

All the most important Overwatch 2 Beta dates are below:

Overwatch 2 release date4th October 2022
Overwatch 2 Beta signup16th June 2022
Overwatch 2 Beta launch28th June 2022
Overwatch 2 Beta (second drop)5th July 2022
Overwatch 2 Beta 2nd drop access14th July 2022

How to play Overwatch 2 Beta

If like us, you’ve been waiting for the Overwatch 2 Beta since the game’s announcement back at BlizzCon 2019, you’ll want to act quickly as signups are now live. That’s right, you can already head over to the official Overwatch 2 Beta web form and signup to play the game in its Beta form.

All you need to do is go to the official Overwatch 2 Beta webpage and follow the simple step-by-step form – choosing your desired platform. Complete the form by signing into your device and confirming that you ‘opt-in’.

The Overwatch 2 Beta signups look set to run between June 16th and June 28th (the official launch date of the Beta).

Overwatch 2 Beta start time

If you successfully gain access to the Overwatch 2 Beta, you’ll want to take the following times down. Whether you’re a console or PC player, the following times are when the Overwatch 2 Beta will start.

  • UK: 7pm (BST)
  • Europe: 8pm (CEST)
  • West Coast US: 11am (PDT)
  • East Coast US: 2pm (EDT

How can I guarantee Overwatch 2 Beta access?

There is a way you can take chance out of the equation when it comes to getting access to the Beta and that’s via the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack.

If you aren’t familiar with the Watchpoint Pack for Overwatch 2, it’s basically a paid-for bundle that includes a bunch of cool items and rewards – including guaranteed access to the PvP crossplay Beta on June 28th.

The Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack will set you back a pretty steep $39.99 – however, it does come with exclusive goodies including the following items:

  • Guaranteed access to the Overwatch 2 PvP Crossplay Beta (Beta begins June 28th, 2022)
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition (includes five (5) Legendary Skins and five (5) Epic Skins)
  • Additional content granted to purchasers at the release of Overwatch 2 on October 4th
  • Premium Battle Pass: Season 1 – Two (2) Overwatch
  • 2 Legendary Hero Skins – Space Raider Soldier 76 and Space Raider Cassidy
  • 2000 Overwatch 2 Virtual Currency – Overwatch
  • 2 Player Icon (Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack pre-purchase exclusive)

Check out the Overwatch 2 roadmap

Does access carry over from the first Overwatch 2 Beta?

Unfortunately, if you did have access to the first Beta, it will NOT carry over to the June 28th Beta. You will have to re-signup for the June 28th Beta via the form above.

While this is annoying, Blizzard says they’ve taken this approach as its main goal is to test Overwatch 2 on consoles and put its cross-play feature to the test.

Team 4, the Blizzard Entertainment team in charge of developing Overwatch, said this in a recent FAQ – “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,”.

Is there Overwatch 2 Beta early access?

Strictly speaking, no there is not. However, there will be two separate Beta drops, meaning some people will have access to the Beta before others. The first batch of Beta users will be invited to play the game on June 28th – including users from all supported platforms.

The second batch of Beta invites will go out on July 5th, with all users lucky enough to be selected having access on July 15th.

What platforms will the Overwatch 2 Beta support?

As Overwatch 2 will be making a big push into the cross-play space, it’s no surprise to see numerous devices supported for the new game. At present, the Overwatch 2 Beta will be available on PC (Battlenet), Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5.

All platforms will have access to the Beta at the same time, allowing Blizzard to fish out any annoying cross-play bugs that may occur between now and the official October 4th release date.

Overwatch 2 trailer

For anyone who missed the Overwatch 2 trailer, fear not, we’ve got all the best gameplay and reveal trailers below:

Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer

Overwatch 2 date reveal trailer

Overwatch 2 Cinematic “Zero Hour”

Overwatch 2 pre order

As Overwatch 2 will be a strictly free-to-play title, there is no official pre order for the game itself. That being said, fans of the game do have the option of pre ordering the game’s Watchpoint Pack – giving them access to the PvP Beta, a bunch of limited edition skins, and a Legendary Edition of the original title.

Looking to pre order the Watchpoint pack? Why not check out our comprehensive guide on it here.

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