Blizzard finally has an update regarding the upcoming Overwatch 2 beta and some of the new heroes, modes, and maps.
Ever since the gameplay reveals in May of last year, players have been itching for an update regarding Overwatch 2 and its upcoming beta.
Well, longtime fans of the franchise won’t have to wait much longer.
The Overwatch 2 Closed Beta will take place this upcoming April and feature some new maps, modes, and heroes.
You can opt-in to sign up for the beta now to ensure you’re one of the first to play Overwatch 2 and everything new coming to the franchise.
Here’s everything we know.
Overwatch 2 Beta Heroes
In Overwatch 2, Beta players will be able to try out the new hero Sojourn and see some of the reworks that some heroes have gone through.
Players will also be able to try out the new reworked versions of Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, and Sombra.
Sojourn will sport a rail gun and is confirmed to be a DPS/Damage character, so it’ll be interesting to see how she fits in with the likes of Widowmaker and Soldier 76.
One of the most exciting things about the upcoming sequel to Overwatch is the inclusion of new characters and new dynamics. Most of the original cast is going through a series of reworks.
Some visually, but some are being fundamentally changed to the core.
Overwatch 2 New Maps
The upcoming Overwatch 2 Beta will consist of four different maps to explore.
These maps include:
- Circuit Royal – New Escort Map
- Midtown – New Hyprid Map
- New Queen Street – New Push Map
- Colosseo – New Push Map
Overwatch 2 New Modes & Core Changes
Overwatch 2 will feature a new mode, Push, and some changes to its core PvP format.
Push will put players in a modern take on tug-of-war. In Push, players will need to push a giant robot named T.W.O. across the map to the other team’s spawn.
The game starts with T.W.O. in the middle of the map sitting motionless for about 30 seconds. This means that players will need to fight for control over this territory to ensure they get a head start.
Overwatch 2 is also opting for a 5 vs. 5 change to their multiplayer formula. This will allow them to focus on reworking some of the characters and make them more versatile.
In the update, we also found out that Overwatch 2 would feature a ping system to help players communicate.
It will be interesting to see the direction Overwatch 2 will take and if it will be at all affected by Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision/Blizzard.