To say that Blizzard’s Overwatch shooter has taken the gaming world by storm would be a bit of an understatement. The title has managed to sell millions of copies, but while everybody has been levelling up in regular play, Blizzard has released a Public Test Region (PTR) for its highly-anticipated Competitive mode.
The feature isn’t part of the main game’s general public experience just yet, but those who play on PC can opt-in to give the new mode a bit of a whirl before it gets pushed out to everybody. Simply select ‘PTR: Overwatch’ from your Battle.Net desktop app, and you should be all set.
As expected, Competitive Play offers you brand new rewards like sprays, player icons, and Competitive Points – which can in turn be traded in for the Golden guns.
In a blog post, Blizzard explained how the Competitive Play mode will work.
“Once you hit level 25, you’ll have access to our newest feature: Competitive Play. This mode was designed to be a more serious experience, allowing players to hone their skills and perfect their strategies,” Blizzard explained.
But don’t think that you will be walking into a match guns blazing. Blizzard wants to determine how good you are before placing you with other players, meaning that you will have to play a couple of rounds measurement rounds first.
“But before diving into the fray, you’ll need to play 10 placement matches. These will allow our matchmaking system to gather enough information about your abilities to assign a skill rating,” it said.
Rage quitting or any other unsportsmanlike conduct will also now be punished more harshly, with a 75% XP penalty for quitting early.
“Penalties are more severe than in the Quick Play or Weekly Brawl! modes. Leaving a game early or stepping away from your computer will make you ineligible to join a game until the previous game has ended, and continued infractions could result in restrictions or removal from Competitive Play.”
There is also a Sudden Death mode “that ensures tied games are broken as fairly as possible”.
If you want to read the entire post from Blizzard detailing the patch notes of the PTR, just head on over to the blog.
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