How to Download and Play Overwatch 2 for FREE

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
3 Min Read
Play Overwatch 2 Beta

The Overwatch 2 Beta starts today and here’s how you can download and play the game for free.

Overwatch 2 has been long since in development and aims to resurrect the once-thriving player base of the original game. The new game brings out huge balance changes along with tweaks to the base game to fix the resounding issues of Overwatch 1. The game was announced in Blizzcon on November 1, 2019, but there were no major updates on the progress for more than two years. Finally, on April of 2022 the first PVP beta of Overwatch 2 rolled out and the second beta rolls out today.

New content

As we have covered in a previous article, there has been more content announced along with the beta. But to summarize, the 28th hero Junker Queen is being added to the game along with a new map: Paraiso which is going to be a hybrid map.

How to download and play Overwatch 2 Beta

To get access to the Overwatch 2 Beta you need to opt in from their website. Those who have opted in will receive an email confirmation notifying them that they have been granted access to the Overwatch 2 beta. If you did not get the chance in the PvP beta back in April, do not worry as Blizzard confirmed that even more players will get to play the beta this time around as server stability and capacities increase.

So if you have been one of the lucky ones to be selected, here is how you can download and play it for free:

  • Open up the client
  • Log in to your account
  • From the top bar, navigate to Overwatch
  • From there, click the drop-down under “Game Version”
  • Select Overwatch 2 Tech Beta if you see it and download
  • Once the download is complete, hit the big Play button under it to launch the game

So what are you waiting for, join the beta and get into the action today. If you haven’t received your confirmation email yet but want to play the game immediately, you have the option to purchase the Watchpoint Pack ($40) for guaranteed access. You will also receive two legendary skins, and a limited player icon. Also, since Overwatch 2 will bring into play a battle pass system, the Watchpoint pack will give you enough currency to buy the first two battle passes as well.

Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin is a Esports writer at GameRiv. He has a rich background as a former professional CS:GO and Overwatch player. Transitioning from the competitive arena to the world of content creation, Sparta has become a pivotal source for gaming enthusiasts seeking the latest FPS news, comprehensive guides, and in-depth coverage of major tournaments, particularly focusing on Valorant and CS:GO. Not confined to FPS titles, Sparta delves into trending single-player AAA games, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on the gaming landscape. Join Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin on the exciting journey through gaming as he crafts informative and engaging content for GameRiv, connecting gamers to the heart of the industry.