Overwatch 2 closed beta launching next month, registrations now open

When last we heard from Overwatch 2, Activision Blizzard was making noises to suggest we might not see it until 2023; now, however, the publisher has announced plans to ‘decouple’ Overwatch 2’s PvP features from its PvE systems in order to get the team-based shooter sequel into players ‘hands sooner via series of betas scheduled to run throughout 2022.

The news comes via Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller in a newly released developer video, and his spin, it has to be said, is a little weird, framing the betas Blizzard has planned for the rest of the year as some sort of generous bounty for those existing Overwatch players who’ve been starved of content since the developer opted to focus its attention entirely on Overwatch 2. At one point he even argues the Overwatch beta “represents the most new content we have brought to our game since launch.”

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