As opening day for Overwatch League play 5 accelerated approaches, Blizzard is yet sharing much quality connected the advancement of Overwatch 2. In a developer update, the Overwatch 2 squad said closed alpha investigating volition statesman today, with a closed beta to travel successful April. The closed alpha volition beryllium unfastened to a prime radical of people, including Overwatch League pros, portion the closed beta volition diagnostic an expanded radical of participants who tin petition entree to the beta by signing up astatine PlayOverwatch.com, though you mightiness privation to hold a spot since the tract is experiencing problems.
Interestingly, neither the closed alpha nor beta volition diagnostic immoderate PvE elements and volition alternatively absorption wholly connected PvP. According to the Overwatch blog, “We are changing our merchandise strategy by decoupling Overwatch 2’s PvP and PvE experiences from 1 different to get caller PvP contented into your hands sooner, portion we proceed to enactment connected PvE.” This mightiness mean that erstwhile Overwatch 2 yet does release, it mightiness beryllium successful chunks with PvP coming retired first. Halo Infinite had a akin piecemeal merchandise strategy with definite gameplay modes not released astatine launch.
Compounded by lawsuits, merger news, layoffs, inability to pull talent, and multiple delays, quality connected Overwatch 2 has been worryingly scarce. Blizzard has showcased immoderate elements of the crippled to the public, similar its new crippled mode Push and the caller 5v5 format. But extracurricular of immoderate caller conception art, determination hasn’t been overmuch shared astir a crippled the nationalist volition spot for the archetypal clip erstwhile the caller Overwatch League play starts successful May. Overwatch 2 crippled manager Aaron Keller acknowledged the deficiency of connection saying this announcement of the closed alpha and beta investigating volition initiate, “more continual updates connected each things Overwatch 2.”
Along with the accusation that the closed beta volition see the caller Push mode, leader reworks, and the 5v5 format, Blizzard has confirmed that Sojourn, the game’s 33rd quality and archetypal Black pistillate hero, volition yet beryllium playable. Overwatch has long been criticized for not including a Black female hero. For a crippled that explicitly celebrates the diverseness and multi-nationality of its characters and features 4 sentient robots, a talking gorilla scientist, and a murderous hamster piloting a instrumentality gun-equipped hamster ball, not having a Black pistillate leader does look similar an oversight. Before his departure from Blizzard successful 2021, Jeff Kaplan, erstwhile Overwatch 2 crippled director, said that Sojourn would not beryllium released until Overwatch 2. It seems, astatine agelong last, that time has yet arrived.