Blizzard confirms no more Overwatch 2 beta until October

More feedback from open betas is always useful, but it appears that Blizzard has gotten enough to make Overwatch 2 as good as it can be.


Two of the biggest things that stand out from Overwatch 2 compared to Overwatch are that it's free-to-play and will go from 6v6 to 5v5 play.

If it's any consolation, Blizzard did promise that it will continue testing Overwatch 2 internally.

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Now, we just found out something else that's equally important: Overwatch 2 will not have a third beta period.

Overwatch 2 has had two public betas already, which, must have been enough for Blizzard.

Here's what Blizzard vice president Jon Spector had to say about more Overwatch 2 betas on Twitter:

Today marks just 2 months until Overwatch 2's launch! We know players are eager to dive in and have seen questions about the possibility of a third public Beta. While we will continue testing OW2 daily internally, we're not planning any additional public Beta tests. With all the valuable feedback we received from our alpha and 2 public beta tests, we will be focusing our efforts on launching the best game possible on Oct. 4.

Does Overwatch 2 need a third beta period? It all depends on who you ask. Some like what they've seen from the game already. Junker Queen, the new Overwatch 2 hero, was a huge hit. But, some players also feel like Blizzard needs more help "breaking" Overwatch 2. After all, Overwatch 2 is a fundamentally different game. In addition to the move from 6v6 to 5v5, the game will rework several existing characters on top of adding new ones. Plus, it's not like Overwatch players have a choice in the matter - Overwatch 2 will replace the original Overwatch.

It'll be interesting to see how Overwatch players will respond to the sequel once it becomes fully available in October.

It's one thing to overhaul the structure of a game for a sequel and yet still make the original available, but it's another thing entirely to force people to switch. Case in point, Warzone will run in parallel with Warzone 2. So, we're surprised the Blizzard side of the company isn't doing the same thing.

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Ultimately, all of this talk is noise. It's completely up to Blizzard how to handle Overwatch 2. The company may already feel confident enough with what they've seen so far. Then again, Blizzard just probably doesn't want to trouble by running a third open beta. Either way, this is a risky move for Blizzard. We guarantee that the internet mob is getting its pitchforks ready as most will blame the lack of another beta period just in case things go south for Overwatch 2 at launch.

The more we think about it, the more we worry that Overwatch 2 will go the way of Halo Infinite and Battlefield 2042.

With Overwatch 2 scheduled to go live on October 4 as a free-to-play title, we won't have to wait for too long to find out. Also, we hope that Blizzard won't actually bring $45 skins to Overwatch 2, at least, not out of the gates.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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