The upcoming Overwatch 2 has revealed the date of its closed beta, which will be available on PC and for the first time on PlayStation and Xbox. Overwatch 2 was announced at Blizzcon in 2019, and aside from the initial reveal, new information about the sequel is scant. The game’s first beta took place earlier this spring and has limited access. This beta lasted three weeks and received mixed reception from fans, with many concerned Overwatch 2 was too similar to its predecessor.
A new trailer for Overwatch 2 recently premiered during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase as part of Summer Games Fest 2022. The big reveal finally gave fans a new look at the game, along with a bunch of new details about its future. The trailer features a number of updates and announcements, including a new hero design, an October 4 release date, and the perhaps surprising news that Overwatch 2’s online multiplayer will be free to play. Junker Queen, a new hero mentioned in the first game, has also been revealed. The character will be one of a number of new heroes that fans will be able to control, and the spotlight has confirmed Overwatch 2’s Junker Queen as an ax and gun-wielding Tanker.
As Overwatch 2’s newest hero, Junker Queen was at the heart of Blizzard’s marketing during this year’s Summer Games Fest. One of the most significant differences between Overwatch 2 and its predecessor is the role Tankers play on a team. Team size has been reduced from six to five with the second Tanker enhanced. Due to this change, the developers of the game made the Tanker more aggressive and brutal. Doomfist’s move from DPS to Tank is another sign of how the role is being emphasized.
It’s interesting that Overwatch 2 is getting another beta – especially one that console users can join in. Hopefully, with the subscription announcement and inclusion of PlayStation and Xbox owners, more people will be able to try out the game, stress the servers a bit, and feel the difference between the sequel and the original. . Fans can learn more details about the Overwatch 2 beta in the coming days.
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