Blizzard releases FAQ ahead of Overwatch 2 Beta starting tomorrow

Overwatch 2 was released in 2019, and after years of development, the updated hero shooter will begin its first PvP beta test tomorrow. Ahead of the beta, Blizzard Entertainment released an FAQ about the beta, answering a variety of questions about who can participate, when the beta will go live, and how to get involved. We’ve combed through the FAQs to narrow down the most important information you need to know.

First, players selected to participate will receive an email to any address linked to their Blizzard account. These emails will be sent starting tomorrow morning and will continue to be sent to more participants throughout the day. To play Overwatch 2 Beta, you must have a copy of the original Overwatch on your PC. The PVP beta doesn’t run at any specific time of day, so if you’re in, feel free to play. The beta will run from April 26th to May 17th.

What if you don’t receive an email from Blizzard? Well, there is another way to join the Overwatch 2 beta via Twitch Drops. If you watch a specific Twitch stream (which Blizzard has listed in the FAQ) for a period of time between 10AM and 6PM PT, you can get a beta invite. The same rules as above apply to entry, so make sure you have a copy of Overwatch on your PC before spending your free time watching the stream. If you’re in beta and want to stream it yourself, go for it! Blizzard has no video recording or streaming restrictions for this event.

In the PVP beta of Overwatch 2, there will be some changes to the Overwatch gameplay you may be familiar with. First, the match was played between two teams of five each, a shift from the traditional 6v6 we’ve been playing for years. New hero Sojourn will be joining the roster, which is already a major change to the meta, not to mention that several other characters, Orisa and Doomfist, are receiving full mechanical remakes. We have details on these rework, including Doomfist’s character conversion into a tank, which you can read here.

If you’re lucky enough to be invited in one way or another, here are the technical specs that Blizzard says Overwatch 2 players need to play on PC:

PC hardware minimum specs (target 30fps):

  • Operating System: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest service pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 Series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB free hard drive space

PC hardware recommended specs (target 60fps at medium settings):

  • Operating System: Windows® 10 64-bit (latest service pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB free hard drive space

View the entire FAQ, which has a list of all official Overwatch streamers you can watch on Twitch for beta rewards. Overwatch 2 doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but the launch of the initial beta shows that the developers are making steady efforts in the right direction for a release sometime in the future.