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Jeff Kaplan reveals Overwatch Competitive getting Open & Role Queues

Published: 12/May/2020 0:02

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the game’s Competitive Open Queue will be available as a permanent mode alongside Role Queue later on in 2020.

Kaplan revealed that Open Queue, which is currently available in the Arcade, would be available as a permanent Competitive mode alongside Role Queue starting possibly as soon as July.

The mode is set to leave the Arcade very soon, but Jeff has assured us that it will be back later on in the Summer of 2020, before it becomes a full-fledged Competitive mode.

“It’s actually been fascinating to watch the response to Competitive Open Queue,” Jeff said. “Across the world, people play Competitive Open Queue in very different ways”

“For example, in Korea, Competitive Open Queue in Arcade is the second most popular mode being played right now,” he continued. “While in North America Competitive Open Queue is less popular than Mystery Heroes, or even Workshop modes being played in the game browser.”

Despite it’s different levels of popularity across the globe, Kaplan told us developers intend to bring Open Queue back, before making it a permanent Competitive mode later on this year.

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The stats for Open Queue show some regions enjoy it, while others don’t seem to know it exists.

“Very shortly, Competitive Open Queue will come down for a while,” Jeff explained. “We are going to work very quickly, as quickly as we can, to bring back another shortened arcade version of Competitive Open Queue that will go live sometime in June, we’re thinking mid-June, but don’t hold me exactly to that date.”

“Then, in early July when Season 23, the normal Competitive Season starts, Competitive Open Queue will now become an official mode that will be supported alongside the Role Queue Competitive Queue, if that makes sense,” he laid out. “You’ll go to the Play menu of Overwatch, you’ll select the Competitive card, then underneath the Competitive card will be two options: one will be Role Queue… and alongside of that will be Competitive Open Queue.

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Open Queue will graduate from being an Arcade mode to a full Competitive mode with Season 23, according to Jeff.

Even though Open Queue will be available as a Competitive option, he said that Overwatch would still be “tuned and balanced around” Role Queue by developers for the foreseeable future.

So, for those of you that have been wishing for another option to hop into other than Role Queue for comp, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to wait a few more months to get there.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.