Overwatch 2 April 26th Beta FAQ


As we move forward toward the first OW2 beta and beyond, we’re going to post a consolidated list of FAQ that will be updated as we get new information. Please reference the list below for the most frequently asked questions about the first beta.


##[Official Blizzard FAQ](https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/beta/)

###How are Closed Beta participants selected?
Beta testers are chosen based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) your Battle.net region, when you signed up, and your computer hardware specifications. We are also inviting select journalists and community contributors from around the world.

###Do I need to own a copy of Overwatch 1 to access the Closed Beta?
Yes, you will need to own a Copy of Overwatch 1 to access the 1st Closed Beta.

###I’m a console player, will I be able to play in the 1st Closed Beta?
Our first Closed Beta will be available on PC only, but we do have plans to include console players in future Betas!

###How will I know if I’m selected to participate in the Closed Beta?
If you are selected to participate in the Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account.

###How many players do you plan to invite to the Closed Beta?
The number of players we invite is based on our testing needs. We also want to make sure the game’s matchmaking system remains in a relatively healthy place throughout this phase of testing. If we determine we need more players to test new features or keep matches running smoothly, we’ll add players to the Closed Beta from our opt-in pool.


##Other Frequently Asked Questions

###When will I receive my beta invite (assuming I am chosen to participate)?

~~Unknown. Based on past betas, it is expected within 24-48 hours from the beginning of the beta period.~~

Blizzard CMs have confirmed that invites will be dispersed on April 26th.

###What new OW2 content will be in the first beta?

New content will include the [following](https://images.blz-contentstack.com/v3/assets/blt9c12f249ac15c7ec/blt0a650e44b884a0ab/6235168eda5a7125ed751bbd/Overview_Asset_April_26.png):

* 5v5
* New Hero: Sojourn
* Hero Reworks for Sombra, Orisa, Bastion, and Doomfist
* 4 new maps including a new gamemode (Push)
* Ping System

###How will I be able to view content if I don’t get in the first beta?

Users currently in the beta [will be able to post their impressions and footage from the beta](https://twitter.com/PlayOverwatch/status/1517158919948361728).

Additionally, the upcoming season of the [Overwatch League](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_RC0q5Yts) and [Overwatch Contenders](https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/news/here-s-what-s-in-store-for-path-to-pro-in-2022) will take place on an early OW2 build.


##References

[Overwatch 2 Beta Page](https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/beta/)

[Overwatch League Community Update #1](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qUJy3vSgS0)

[Overwatch League Community Update #2](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_RC0q5Yts)



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45 thoughts on “Overwatch 2 April 26th Beta FAQ”

  1. loliscoolyay4me

    AndyB confirmed in Flats Twitch chat that we will be getting emails “day of” if we got into the 1st Beta pool on 4/26.

  2. wolfpack_charlie

    4 new maps, 1 new hero, 4 reworked heroes. That’s honestly pathetic for 2 years. They were giving us more content in the same amount of time on overwatch 1 before they stopped adding content supposedly so we can have so much more content for ow2. But we’re getting less…

    It’s just so fucking sad. Damn.

  3. I’m assuming invited players will not get 2-3 keys to invite their friends as well? I signed up of course, but if my friends haven’t been invited, I’ll just play with them on OW1 instead, and I assume a lot of other people are in this situation.

    The chances that 3-4 players of the same friends group all get invited seem pretty slim if the pool is small.

  4. One-Angry-Goose

    Figure this comment thread would be a perfect place to catalogue support changes. Been very concerned about the direction they’re gonna take the role in, so let’s just leave any info we can scrape up here. Hard numbers; changes to abilities; apparent viability in the new 5v5, lower healing, less protection environment.

  5. “Console beta in the future” I hope that’s 2022 future and not next year. Can’t wait to watch content creators that give 0 shits about OW play the game cuz they got some money thrown at them.

  6. AskMeAboutChildren

    Let’s just hope supports and the solo tank won’t get too much screwed with the introduction of 5v5

  7. whydoittome123

    Do we have any kinda place to view all the individual changes ourselves? I heard they nerfed tracers damage and I wanna see how much they did.

  8. Beta keys to accounts that are only level 3 endorsement or higher (laughs maniacally)

    *this is a joke, but would be interesting to see if endorsement system would hold more weight if more tangible things were tied to it despite being exploitable

  9. Quick question and it might be a dumb one: how do they know our hardware specifications?

  10. The link for “Users currently in the beta will be able to post their impressions and footage from the beta” only directs to a tweet that mentions the alpha and not explictly the beta, will beta folks be under an NDA like the alpha folks were until today?

  11. I would like to know if the bodies for every character are modelled while in first-person because, in the first game, they’re not modelled, which looks weird seeing only my arms.

  12. Given the few factors for how they give out beta keys, I’m getting the feeling that since I have not touched OW in a few years I will probably not get a key… but I’m interested in getting back into it if this will revitalize the player count.

  13. I know the Beta begins on 26th April. When does it end?

    Will there be a period when the beta ends and we have to play OW1 again until OW2 is officially released?

  14. “Oh wow our entire community is on console… let’s only give the beta to pc” glad they abandoned ow1 to make something very few people asked for so they can charge another 40-60 dollars for minimal content.

  15. “your computer hardware specifications”.
    Are they getting that info somehow through ow1? Because I don’t remember it being included in the beta signups.

  16. Not sure if this is known or not but for when ranked comes out, will I be able to play with people who were previously out of my bracket? I can’t play ranked with my gf on her main because like 3 years ago she was really high ranked lol. Hoping OW2 starts with a clean slate and I can try to climb with her.

  17. How far do you think they’ll take the “DPS shouldn’t have CC” concept?

    We’ve already seen Cassidy lose his flash for an infinitely boring plasma grenade, and a LOT of characters have some form of CC, whether it’s a stun, pushback, or hold. Junk’s entire kit has some form of CC…

  18. BlaineDeBeers25

    I’m wondering about getting back into the game when OW2 comes out.

    Unlucky that one of my two DPS mains lost his biggest strength, flashbang.

  19. Odd question, but are people not allowed to show the victory screen until the proper Beta on the 26th? The videos I’ve watched so far always seem to cut off to other gameplay or end just before.

  20. BurnedChipotle

    Is it worth buying Overwatch 1 just to get access to the beta? Or will I be wasting money if I have to buy OW2 full price on release

  21. If you own overwatch one on console will you be selected for the beta on pc? I have a pc and would like to play but don’t own overwatch one on pc 🙁

  22. Have they talked about what the PC hardware requirements are? OW2 looks to push graphics beyond what we saw in OW1. Also will there be a DX12 client or is this still a DX11 game.

  23. Any info on new achievements? I have seen someone get an Orisa one in a videoclip so I am wondering if they are actually on the client

  24. Various-Possible-869

    i really think reinhardt needs a movement boost it feels like hes playing in slow motion compared to everyone else. just something to think about

  25. _CraftyMonkey_

    Honestly can’t wait for 5v5. Im so sick of queuing with selfish tanks who leave me alone to solo tank while they fail to get picks lmao

  26. Can ppl who get into the beta stream their games live on twitch YouTube and what not?

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