Overwatch 2 artwork showing off Sojourn, Doomfish and Junker Queen

[Update #2]: Blizzard will be adding cross-platform progression with Overwatch 2.

[Update]: Overwatch's final event, and likely final update as well, has now arrived alongside some fancy reskins.

In a bit of a divergence from the original plan, Overwatch 2's competitive PvP mode will be releasing for PC and consoles on October 4th, 2022. As for the story focused campaign, and co-op based PvE missions in general, those will be released in pieces throughout 2023 (and most likely beyond).

If you don't feel like waiting until October to give Overwatch 2 a try, you'll be pleased to hear that Blizzard has now launched the second Closed Beta. The highlight, as you might imagine from the title, is the brand new tank hero - the super aggressive Junker Queen. Here's a brief trailer showing what she's all about:

For those of you eager to dive in yourself, I have some good and bad news. Let's start with the latter - the beta sign ups are now closed and Blizzard has not said whether they will open up again for this test. As for the good news, well, that would be the simple fact that Blizzard is planning to provide access to all players that signed up for the beta by no later than July 14th. The beta itself will end on July 18th, so even if you're extremely unlucky and get in at the very last minute, you should still have a decent bit of time to play around with the new changes.

Speaking of which, there's a fair few tweaks you might want to read up on before jumping into a match, especially if you're a fan of tanks or Symmetra. You can check out the full patch notes over at the Blizzard website.

The final thing worth mentioning is that Blizzard is also selling the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack which includes guaranteed beta access, along with a couple of cosmetics, virtual currency, and a pre-order for the very first Battle Pass. Personally, I don't think it's worth it to get in a couple of days early, but each to their own.

Have fun with the beta, and if you haven't gotten in already, good luck with the beta key!