Overwatch Disables Competitive Play Mode for Open Beta

Overwatch Disables Competitive Play Mode for Open Beta

Blizzard is reworking the game mode based on previous feedback.

When the Overwatch open beta goes live for everyone from May 5-9, the game's Competitive Play mode won't be available. The tiered mode was intended for advanced players, but Blizzard is hoping to make it better after receiving closed beta feedback.

"We worked extremely hard to get Competitive Play in the game for Closed Beta. We've been reading feedback from the community and taking it all to heart. As a result, we've temporarily disabled Competitive Play for Open Beta so that we can rework the system and make it better," wrote game director Jeff Kaplan on the official forums. "Our plan is to bring back a newly re-designed version of Competitive Play sometime after Overwatch launches."

Competitive Play was meant for expert-level players. The mode is restricted to players above level 25 and divided into five tiers: challenger, advanced, expert, master and heroic. Within each tier there are five divisions that players can rank up in, with the heroic tier being analogous to Hearthstone's legendary ranking. When Overwatch gets to the eSports level, Competitive Play is where real teams will probably start forming.

Overwatch's open beta is completely free from May 5-9 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Anyone who purchased or pre-ordered Overwatch by April 29 is eligible for the Early Access Open beta right now. The open beta itself includes all 21 heroes, four game modes, and 12 maps. The game types and maps available are detailed below:

  • Assault: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
  • Escort: Dorado, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Assault/Escort Hybrid: Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani
  • Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, and Nepal

All beta progression will be wiped before launch, which is May 24, 2016 on all platforms.

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