After spending a few weeks testing competitive play in the Public Test Realm, Blizzard feel comfortable enough to release Overwatch‘s competitive play mode today on PC.
Consoles won’t be receiving the update until next week. In a battle.net post by community manager Lylirra, Blizzard explained why:
“First, we wanted to be upfront and let players know that we won’t be able to release our Competitive Play patch on all platforms at the same time. The patch will be going live on PC today, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can expect it sometime next week. We don’t have an exact date to share, but we can confirm that the patch is going through approvals right now on both platforms.
We know this isn’t an ideal way to deliver new content, so we’re going to continue to refine our patching processes over the next few months in an effort to sync up our release dates across platforms as closely possible. Although our Battle.net client will always allow us to be more agile on PC, we hope to reach a point where we can release major updates on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 simultaneously.”
Competitive play’s first incarnation arrived during Overwatch‘s closed beta phase. Shortly before the release of the game Blizzard announced that competitive play wouldn’t launch with the release of Overwatch as they weren’t happy enough with it.
Competitive mode is locked until you reach level 25. It’s also the place to eventually unlock new golden guns, though currently this will take 300 competitive wins to be able to afford one.
You can learn more about Overwatch‘s competitive mode here including how the scoring works and how the seasons will work as well. I for one am looking forward to trying out competitive mode.