Overwatch Season 18 start date latest as Role Queue patch arrives

Gamers are reporting issues with Overwatch Competitive play, following the launch of Role Queue in QuickPlay.

According Overwatch players today, Season 18 appeared to start, with some reporting being able to play a few games.

However, since this began earlier today, it looks like the launch has been reverted back to the beta period.

So it appears that Blizzard has stuck to their original plan to launch Role Queue in QuickPlay today but are still holding back the start of Season 18.

The good news is that this could change very quickly and we could see the start of Season 18 within the next 48-hours.

A recent message from Blizzard explains: “Season 18 has been delayed. The role queue beta season has been extended until season 18 releases.”

An earlier message from the dev team adds: “Hey everyone, when Season 18 went live matchmaking values from prior seasons weren’t being respected. We’re extending the Role Queue Beta Season while we work on a fix for this bug, we expect to be ready for Season 18 early next week,” the latest update from Blizzard explains.

“A side effect of extending the beta season, the competitive card will say the season is ending in less than a minute.”

Gamers are still waiting to find out an updated schedule regarding the official launch of Overwatch Season 18.

This should be shared by Blizzard in the coming days, with plenty left to explain.

Once Role Queue is in the game, players will be required to complete five placement matches in a selected role to obtain their seasonal skill rating for that role at the start of each Competitive Season.

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If a player would like to earn their seasonal SR for all three roles, they will need to complete 15 placement matches in total—five each per role.

As player skill rating between roles can vary widely with Role Queue, matchmaking will be calculated using the SR of players’ selected roles. We believe this change will help players feel freer to choose different roles while also creating matches that are fairer and more fun.

The new Overwatch update is seen as a positive move by the development team and has already had a big impact on the Overwatch League.

“In Quick Play, the Role Queue system will allow us to determine each player’s matchmaking rating (MMR) on a per-role basis,” a message from Blizzard adds.

“This enables us to matchmake Quick Play games based on the MMR for each player’s chosen role. In addition to giving players more freedom to play the roles they want, we believe this will also result in games that are fairer, more appropriately matched, and ultimately more fun overall.”

There are also rumours that suggest that Overwatch will be announced for a new platform very soon.

There are reports surfacing linking Overwatch to a launch on Nintendo Switch, something that has been noted as “challenging” in the past by Blizzard execs.


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