Overwatch 2 devs confirm changes coming to confusing Ranked Play system

The start of Season 2 had many Overwatch 2 players struggling with their new ranks, and developers Blizzard has now cleared up the confusion by confirming that changes to ranked play are coming soon.

There’s a lot to be excited about in Overwatch 2 Season 2. The new chapter of Blizzard’s hero shooter comes to Ramtra with a new character and seasonal events like Winter Wonderland and Year of the Rabbit.

But the hype died down a bit when players logged in to check out their new competitive ranks in Season 2. Many were placed much lower than their end-of-season ranks, leaving those who spent hours grinding out ranked play feeling hit hard.

Blizzard has now addressed the issue and assured fans that they will update the ranked play system in the future.

devs posted a message on their social accounts explaining why many players were starting Overwatch 2 Season 2 ranked much lower than they were before the update.

“At the end of every season, your final rank will be based on any matches played since your last rank update. Competitive rewards are based on your final rank at the end of the season,” the statement said.

Even though players will be dropped with the start of each season, the team also confirmed that this should not affect the quality of the opponents they are matched against.

“When a season starts, we apply some rank decay to all roles, and over the course of a season players must climb back to ranks that represent their actual skill level. That being said All match-made games will still be based on your built-in MMR, ensuring we’re making matches as fair as possible.”

While this goes one way of explaining how ranked play works in Overwatch 2, there’s no doubt that some players will still be frustrated with having to work so hard to reach their old rank. Luckily, the devs revealed that they will be making changes to the system down the line.

“We understand that we need to do a better job of making these systems more understandable and will address these issues and other parts of the system in the future.”

Sadly, they didn’t go too specific about what changes they’re making, but fans will expect to see a smooth transition between Overwatch Season 2 and Season 3.

For more on Overwatch 2, see why players might want to see the Ramatra buff already, and how to get the Golden Gun.

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