Overwatch 2 closed beta finally lets you play as a black woman

As the opening day for Overwatch League Season 5 fast approaches, Blizzard is finally sharing more news about the progress of Overwatch 2† In a developer update, the Overwatch 2 team said closed alpha testing will begin today, with a closed beta to follow in April. The closed alpha is open to a select group of people, including Overwatch League professionals, while the closed beta will feature an expanded group of participants who can request access to the beta by signing up at PlayOverwatch.com, although you may want to wait a while. bit because the site is having problems.

Interestingly, neither the closed alpha or beta will feature PvE elements and will instead focus entirely on PvP. According to the Overwatch blog, “We’re changing our release strategy by decoupling Overwatch 2’s PvP and PvE experiences to get our hands on new PvP content faster, while continuing to work on PvE.” This could mean that when Overwatch 2 finally releases, it could be in parts with PvP coming out first. Halo Infinite had a similar patchy release strategy with certain gameplay modes not being released at launch.

Compounded by lawsuits, news of mergers, layoffs, inability to attract talent and multiple delays, news of Overwatch 2 has been alarmingly scarce. Blizzard has shown some elements of the game to the public, such as the new Push game mode and the new 5v5 format. But aside from some new concept art, not much has been shared about a game that the public will see for the first time when the new Overwatch League season kicks off in May. Overwatch 2 game director Adam Keller acknowledged the lack of communication and said this announcement of the closed alpha and beta testing will begin, “more continuous updates on all things Overwatch 2

In addition to informing that the closed beta will include the new Push mode, hero reworks and the 5v5 format, Blizzard has confirmed that Sojourn, the game’s 33rd character and first black female hero, will finally be playable. overwatch has long been criticized for not including a black female hero. For a game that explicitly celebrates the diversity and multi-nationality of its characters and features four sentient robots, a talking gorilla scientist, and a murderous hamster controlling a machine gun-equipped hamster ball, not having a black female hero seems like a mistake. Before his departure from Blizzard in 2021, Jeff Kaplan, former Overwatch 2 game director, said Sojourn would not be released until Overwatch 2† It seems that that day has finally arrived.

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