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To participate, select 'PTR: Overwatch' from the Region/Account setting.

The Public Test Region is an alternative region available on the app that allows players to beta test select features before they are put into the full game. It is only available on PC.

Players from anywhere may use the PTR, however the servers are hosted in the Americas region. Up to 10,000 players may be active on the PTR at a time. Any additional players will be placed into a queue.

When joining the PTR, a copy of the player's account is made specifically for the region. Progression in the PTR is separate from the full game. In addition, loot boxes cannot be purchased in the PTR.

For the changes currently being tested, see Public Test Region/Current Patch.


Start End Feature Patch tested
02 March, 2017 16 March, 2017 Orisa (PTR Patch 1.9.0)
07 February, 2017 28 February, 2017 Revamped Bastion
Game Browser
Patch 1.8.0

(PTR Patch 1.8.0)

05 January, 2017 24 January, 2017 New Emote Wheel
Significant hero adjustment

(PTR Patch 1.7.0)

29 November, 2016 03 January, 2017 Oasis Patch
(PTR Patch 1.6.1)
22 November, 2016 13 December, 2016 Revamped Symmetra Patch
(PTR Patch 1.6.0)
07 November, 2016 15 November, 2016 Sombra, Arcade Patch
(PTR Patch
20 October, 2016 Data-optimization improvement
New UI
Significant hero adjustment
(PTR Patch
22 September, 2016 11 October, 2016 New UI Patch
(PTR Patch
17 August, 2016 01 September, 2016 Season 2 Patch
(PTR Patch 1.3.0)
22 August, 2016 Eichenwalde
12 July, 2016 19 July, 2016 Ana Patch
(PTR Patch 1.1.0)
21 June, 2016 28 June, 2016 Competitive Play Patch
(PTR Patch

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