Activision Blizzard will no longer allow more public playtesting: those who missed the chance to try Overwatch 2 will not get the opportunity to do so until its release…
For a game with a strong multiplayer focus, it’s essential to know what the public thinks of it (especially since Overwatch 2 will have a PvE component, but that won’t happen until 2023). However, the developers have received enough feedback from the closed alpha and the two beta periods that Blizzard will no longer be testing publicly, and we can expect to be able to play the hero game in the fall.
On Twitter, Jon Spector, Overwatch’s commercial lead, wrote: “Today marks just two months until Overwatch 2’s launch! We know players are eager to dive in and have seen questions about the possibility of a third public beta. While we will continue testing Overwatch 2 daily internally, we’re not planning any additional public beta tests. With all the valuable feedback we received from our alpha and two public beta tests, we will be focusing our efforts on launching the best game possible on October 4.”
The reception has not been outstanding. After all, the first beta was only available to PC players (so console users didn’t stand a chance unless they also had a good enough PC), while the second beta was either behind a code or only available to those with the Founders Pack for the first two weeks, so they weren’t unrestricted, easy-to-access beta test. The situation is not helped by the fact that a recent questionnaire showed that Activision Blizzard could charge up to $45 for one cosmetic skin. Although they have said this isn’t indicative of the final price, you can tell they are already testing the waters to see how high they can push the price up.
The free-to-play Overwatch 2 will launch in early access on October 4 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.