The second beta version of Overwatch 2 will be playable in the coming weeks for both consoles and PC.
A multiplayer trial of the long-awaited sequel will be guaranteed for those who pay for it, but you’ll also be able to get potential free access if you sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta in time.
This page explains the Overwatch 2 beta release date in the UK and other regions, the exact release time, when the beta ends, and how to get access to Overwatch 2 beta registration.
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Overwatch 2 Beta Release Time UK/BST, CEST, EDT, PDT
If you successfully gained access to the Overwatch 2 beta on consoles and PC, and are selected to participate in the first wave, you will be able to start playing on Tuesday, June 28.
Overwatch 2 beta release time is:
- UK: 7pm (BST)
- Europe: 8:00 p.m. (CEST)
- US West Coast: 11am (PDT)
- US East Coast: 2 pm (EDT)
If you have not been selected for the first wave of the beta, continue checking the email associated with your battle.net login to see if you have been selected during another wave of players.
Developer Blizzard has stated on its website that it aims to provide access to all players who sign up for the beta by July 14.
Alternatively, if you purchase the Watchpoint Bundle on PC or console, you’re guaranteed access to the Overwatch 2 beta immediately after it launches on Tuesday in your region.
Overwatch 2 Beta Registration Access Explained
Anyone who has access to the Overwatch 2 beta will be able to play on the selected platform and region with the battle.net account they registered with.
It’s important to note that even if you participated in the first beta, this time players are selected from a separate beta group, so you will need to register again to participate in this second beta of Overwatch 2 on consoles and PC.
There are two ways to access the Overwatch 2 beta:
- Buy the Overwatch Watchpoint Bundle for Guaranteed Beta Access
- Sign up for possible beta access before June 28
Sign up for beta access
You must visit playoverwatch.com/beta and register for access by June 28 for a chance to be selected for free Overwatch 2 beta access. Registrations could even stop before this date if the maximum server capacity projected by developer Blizzard is reached.
Select your platform and region from the drop-down box and then log in to your battle.net account to begin the registration process for this Overwatch beta. Playstation players must select the region associated with their PSN ID, not the region they currently live in.
When the beta begins, a small group of people who signed up will be emailed to participate first, then more players will be added steadily over time, with the largest first wave of access planned to begin a week later, Tuesday, July 5.
Although you are not guaranteed access to the Beta if you sign up for free, Blizzard has stated on its website that its goal is to provide access to all players who opt into the beta no later than July 14.
Buy the Overwatch Watchpoint Bundle
To guarantee access to the Overwatch 2 beta at any time, even after it has started, you can purchase the Overwatch Watchpoint Bundle for £34.99/$39.99 on the platform you plan to play Overwatch 2 on.
You don’t just get access to the Overwatch 2 beta by purchasing the Watchpoint bundle. You will also receive:
- Overwatch Legendary Edition (with x5 Legendary Skins and x5 Epic Skins)
- Overwatch 2 Season 1 Premium Battle Pass
- Space Raider Soldier 76 and Space Raider Cassidy Legendary Skins for Overwatch 2
- 2000 Overwatch 2 virtual currency
- Exclusive player icon for Overwatch 2
All Overwatch 2 rewards will be added to your account when the game launches in October.
Overwatch 2 beta dates
The Overwatch 2 beta for consoles and PC will run between June 28 and July 18. Blizzard has added that the end date may be extended based on what your testing needs are on the scheduled end date.
Although a steady stream of players will be added to the beta after the first wave on June 28, a larger group of people will gain access to the beta on Tuesday, July 5.
If you weren’t able to sign up for the Overwatch beta before it launched, remember that you can still get access by purchasing the Watchpoint pack on the platform you plan to play on. It’s an expensive fix, but you get other perks besides beta access, including the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass for Overwatch 2 when it launches.
What does the Overwatch 2 beta include?
The Overwatch 2 beta for console and PC will include the following:
- Cross-play between consoles and PC
- 5v5 matches
- Two new Overwatch 2 heroes: Junker Queen and Sojourn
- Hero revamps for Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, and Sombra
- New hero appearance
- Two new hybrid maps: Paraiso and Midtown
- A new Escort map: Circuit Royal
- Two maps for the new Push mode: New Queen Street and Colosseo
- New ping system
In our preview of Overwatch 2 earlier this year, our hands-on revealed gameplay that looked “refreshing, if not noticeably new,” though between the reduced team sizes and redesigned heroes, the differences may seem “transformational.”
Finally, you should know that, unfortunately, any progress you make during the Overwatch 2 beta will not carry over to the full game.