With Overwatch 2 now upon us (finally!), the passionate community that’s stuck by the franchise since its beginnings in 2016 has already turned its attention to the game’s very first season of Competitive Play. Now branded “Competitive 2.0”, the competitive scene in Overwatch 2 stands to be the key pillar to the game’s longevity. So when will the Overwatch 2 Season 1 start date be for Competitive 2.0?
Overwatch 2, as we already know, will introduce some fairly significant changes to the experience. The PVP component will switch from a 6v6 to 5v5 structure, with new heroes, modes, maps, and refined gameplay features all helping redefine the Overwatch experience for new and returning players alike.
Interestingly, Competitive Play in Overwatch 2 will also be getting a bit of an overhaul.
Overwatch 2 SR Distribution Explained
In Overwatch, your Skill Rank (SR) was ultimately dependent on your performance as a particular hero (and how it stacked up to other players with the same hero in a similar rank), as well as whether or not you actually won a game. Win a game but perform poorly, and your SR boost won’t be as significant than if you won and absolutely dominated beyond the community baseline for any one hero.
In Overwatch 2, however, things a touch different. Rather than placing a single numerical skill rating, Blizzard has decided to add skill tiers within a larger, overarching ranking system. The aim, Blizzard says, is to ensure a player truly “earned” their ranking, rather than simply having been on good teams that consistently won.
Each tier — Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc. — will have multiple tiers, meaning you could be a “Gold” but be closer to Silver than you would be to Platinum. Your rank will be updated after seven wins depending on how you performed, rather than adjusting up or down after each match.
This has been a controversial move for Overwatch 2, but probably stands to be a positive one over time. It might also discourage players from ragequitting if their team is losing, knowing their score won’t be truly impacted (or reflected) until after they’ve actually won seven games.
Overwatch 2 Season Start Dates
Overwatch 2 will be released on October 4, and so, too, will Competitive 2.0 Season 1. Check out the current Overwatch 2 seasonable roadmap below.
Season 1 Start Date – October 4
- 3 new heroes
- 6 new maps
- 30+ new skins
- New Battle Pass
- New Muthic Skin
- New Game Mode
Season 2 Start Date – December 6
- New tank hero
- New map 30+
- New skins
- New battle pass
- New mythic skin
Overwatch 2 Battle Pass price, skins explained
The good news with the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass is that any new hero included as part of a new season will be earnable through the free Battle Pass track.
Everyone will receive Junker Queen and Sojourn from day one of Season 1, regardless as to whether or not they played the first Overwatch. If you played/owned the original Overwatch, you’ll also land Kiriko through your Founder’s Pack, which needs to be redeemed by logging in before Season 2 starts on December 6.
The Premium Battle Pass will cost 1000 Overwatch Coins — or about $10 USD — which can also be earned by completing challenges in the game.
Here’s what the Premium Battle Pass unlocks in Season 1.
- Immediate access to Kiriko
- 20% XP Battle Pass Boost
- 1 Mythic Skin
- 5 Legendary Skins and 1 Epic Skin
- 3 Play of the Game Intros
- 4 Weapon Charms
- 3 Emotes
- 3 Souvenirs
- 6 Poses
- 6 Name Cards
- 30+ additional cosmetic rewards
Overwatch 2 launches October 4.