Blizzard is no longer holding public playtests for Overwatch 2, forcing fans to wait until its October release to see the game’s final new Hero.
Earlier this year, two Overwatch 2 beta tests were conducted, allowing players to test Overwatch 2’s new Push game mode and 5v5 revision. But it will be a few more months before fans can jump back into it, with Overwatch vice president and commercial leader, Jon Spector, announcing an end to the beta schedule.
“Today, it’s only two months until the launch of Overwatch 2,” Spector said in a statement tweet (opens in new tab). “We know players are eager to dive in and have seen questions about the possibility of a third public beta. While we will continue to test OW2 internally on a daily basis, we are not planning any additional public beta testing.
“With all the valuable feedback we’ve received from our alpha and two public beta tests, we will focus our efforts on launching the best game possible on October 4.”
A colorful cast that grows fast
Some in the Overwatch community speculated that a third beta was on the way, expecting Blizzard to take the opportunity to reveal the sequel’s final new hero. Sojourn was introduced prior to the first public playtest, while Junker Queen made her appearance shortly before the second. But we’re yet to see a lot of the third incoming addition to Overwatch 2’s roster.
A few plagues have been created. The Overwatch 2 trailer release date (opens in new tab) briefly showed a ghostly blue fox leaping across a map, while Blizzard hinted that the unnamed character is somehow linked to a fox during the second beta’s closing moments. Blizzard has also confirmed that they will be a support hero and will be available to play from day one. What their name is, or what skills they offer, is still a mystery.
Blizzard will likely reveal the new hero sometime in the coming weeks as it sparks excitement ahead of the launch. Still, dedicated fans won’t get a chance to play with the character until they’ve got their hands on the full game.
That’s not the only mysterious character that comes along. As part of Overwatch 2’s new Battle Pass system, new seasons of content roll out every nine weeks. Each update introduces new cosmetics and playable content, including maps and heroes. So far, we know that the first three seasons, which run through February next year, will each introduce a new hero.
For now, players may want to be more concerned about Overwatch 2’s monetization system. While the game is set to ditch look boxes in favor of a rotating cosmetics store, recent pricing suggestions have scared fans. It won’t be long before all the mysteries of Overwatch 2 are revealed.