Overwatch 2 beta – how to join for free from today

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OVERWATCH 2 is nearly here – and the beta has already kicked off.

We reveal what to expect, and how to join the Overwatch 2 beta for free.

There’s a new Overwatch game on the way

What is Overwatch 2?

Overwatch 2 is a sequel to 2014’s Overwatch, the hugely popular shooter game by Activision Blizzard.

After months of rumours and leaks, Blizzard finally confirmed that Overwatch 2 exists at Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2019 conference in early November 2019.

Like its predecessor, the game will be a fast-paced team shooter in which players take control of fantastical characters with special powers.

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The first game focused on online multiplayer battles, but Blizzard has introduced a story mode for the sequel.

The new game will shared multiplayer with the original, but will also have a PvE (player vs environment) mode.

Overwatch 2 release date – when is it out and beta start date?

Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon on November 1, 2019.

But sadly, there’s no definitive release date for the game.

What we do know is that the game’s alpha test has now been completed – and the title has moved on to beta testing.

And the call has opened up for players to join the Overwatch 2 beta.

The first opportunity is today – Wednesday, April 27.

You need to log in to Twitch between 1pm and 9pm New York time (or starting at 6pm London time).

And then you’ll need to watch at least four hours of Overwatch 2 gameplay.

However, it only works if you watch via one of the approved streamers.

Find the full list here.

It’s also possible to join the beta by signing up on the Overwatch website.

This isn’t guaranteed however – only selected players will get a chance to play.

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The beta will run until May 17, and waves of players will be added throughout that period.

If you don’t get beta access then don’t panic: the game will likely land this year.

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