Overwatch 2 will go into beta in April

Blizzard appears to be in a hurry to get Overwatch 2 out, splitting the PvP from the PvE version of the game.

Overwatch 2 is finally here. After several delays and controversies, the highly anticipated sequel to Blizzard's hero-based team shooter just held its first closed alpha test, with a playable beta test for PC gamers launching in late April.

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Blizzard continues to refuse to give Overwatch 2 a proper release window let alone a release date.

After months of radio silence, Overwatch game director Aaron Keller posted an update on Thursday and confirmed that a handful of players will be getting their hands on a new alpha version of Overwatch 2. Keller clarified that the testing period will be available only to "Blizzard employees, Overwatch League pros, and a few other select groups." Keller added that a "forthcoming beta will launch in all regions for a bigger, but still closed, audience."

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Only time will tell if the decision to split the release of Overwatch 2's PvP and PvE content will be successful.

According to Keller, the goal of Overwatch 2's extensive testing phase is to test "new features, content, and systems" before Blizzard moves on to "stress-testing the servers with a wider player base in future Beta tests."

In addition to what we've already discussed, Keller revealed a ton of Overwatch 2 info that should excite fans for what's to come. Case in point, Blizzard is promising everything from hero reworks to details about the shift from 6v6 to 5v5 gameplay, among others.

Keller's latest statement shouldn't come off as a surprise for anyone who's been keeping a close eye on the scene. Case in point, fans spotted an Overwatch 2 beta patch on Battle.net last February, just days after an earlier report claimed that Blizzard had been having "secret meetings" with Overwatch content creators. But, the biggest news here isn't that Overwatch 2 is getting a beta test soon, but Blizzard's decision to split the game into two halves.

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Microsoft's acquisition could guarantee Overwatch 2 a wide playerbase at launch with a day one release on the Game Pass.

Blizzard originally focused on the PvE content of Overwatch 2 in its earlier announcements, much to the excitement of fans. The sequel's biggest draw was never its gameplay, but the deep lore. The promise of a narrative-driven game experience was what effectively made Overwatch 2 such a highly anticipated game. After Blizzard's latest update for Overwatch 2, we can only imagine how disappointed some of the fans are. To make matters worse, Blizzard did not clarify how exactly it plans to roll out the PvE and PvP elements of Overwatch 2.

In November, Blizzard announced the delay for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, hinting that both games will remain in development until at least 2023. However, the latest development suggests that Blizzard could release at least the PvP part of the sequel later this year with the PvE component coming later.

At the moment, Activision Blizzard is waiting for the Microsoft acquisition to clear, which could take as long as Q3 2023.

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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