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Overwatch 2 beta now live

The Overwatch 2 beta has now kicked off, bringing with it Junker Queen, new Hero looks, a new map, hero reworks, and more.

The closed beta runs until July 18th. You would need to have signed up already, but if you’re one of those who are randomly selected (or have bought the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack), you’ll be given a chance to try new tank hero Junker Queen, the new Hero looks, the new hybrid map, and more. If you’ve changed your mind and now want in on the beta, you can still get immediate access by buying the Watchpoint Pack.

Overwatch 2 beta now live

The beta patch notes break down everything that’s going on with the beta, with a handy summary of Junker Queen’s abilities and weapons, from her Scatter Gun shotgun and her Jagged Blade, to her Adrenaline Rush passive ability (which heals her over time) and her Carnage ability, which damages enemies in front of her over time.

Overwatch Watchpoint Pack

Overwatch® 2 is coming in October! Get a head start with the Overwatch® 2: Watchpoint Pack, the home base of your new gameplay experience. The pack features everything you need to get started on Day 1 including guaranteed access to the Overwatch® 2 PvP Crossplay Beta!

Meanwhile, the Overwatch team adds that you can access the new Overwatch 2 hero skins by choosing “Classic II” in the Hero Gallery. There are updates to the Ping System and the Scoreboard, and to the Heroes themselves — it seems that not all of these changes are popular with the Overwatch community, however. Over on the Overwatch subreddit, some players have concerns about the changes to Mercy and Symmetra in particular. There’s a handy Overwatch 2 beta FAQ if you’re looking for more info — for instance, it reminds us that progress made during the beta won’t be carried over to the live game.

In other Overwatch news, we know that Overwatch 2 will replace the original game at launch, and that it will feature cross-progression and remove loot boxes.

The Overwatch 2 beta is live now and runs until July 18th. Are any of you playing it? How are you finding it so far? Let us know in the comments!

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