Our regularly updated Season 4 guide for Overwatch contains everything you need to know about the game's fourth round of Competitive Play.
Time flies when you're having fun, eh? As we approach Season 4 of Overwatch - not to mention the game's first anniversary - you have to take your hat off to the devs for reacting reasonably nimbly to community concerns about Competitve Play, and working with the players to refine the mode over time.
Placement grumbles aside, we feel like Competitive Play is in pretty good shape as a result. The broadening of the Skill Rating system made progress feel more tangible, timer tweaks have resulted in far less draws, and all but the very best players no longer have to fear losing their highest rank to a losing streak.
There are definitely some improvement we'd like to see though. Further refinements to the placement match system in Season 4 will hopefully see players start off in their natural skill level, rather than somewhere perhaps a little lower than they should be. It also feels like the right time to shake up the rewards system a little, and provide a few extra goodies for taking part.
Let's see what we get when the promised Season 4 announcement blog post goes live. For now, here's all of the best information we currently have about the next round of Competitive Play.
We will, as always, update this guide continuously as and when new details are confirmed by Blizzard, so check back regularly!
Season 4 start date and time
It's been confirmed by Blizzard that Season 4 of Overwatch will begin on Tuesday 28th February at 16:00 PST.
For those of you located outside of that timezone, here's when it all kicks off in your corner of the world:
|00:00 GMT (01/03)||16:00 PST||08:00 CST (01/03)|
|01:00 CET (01/03)||17:00 MST||09:00 KST (01/03)|
|03:00 MSK||18:00 CST||09:00 JST (01/03)|
|10:00 AEST (01/03)|
|12:00 NZST (01/03)|
Season 4 placement system
In previous Competitive Play Seasons, we've had to finish up a series of placement matches before starting the climb up the ranked ladder itself. Performance in these matches determined your starting position on the ladder.
We know that Blizzard intends to make some kind of changes to the structure of Competitive Play when Season 4 rolls around. Given the upset about the placement system in certain corners of the community (where players felt they'd been placed lower than their natural skill level) it seems like a safe bet that we'll see changes to how initial starting positions are determined.
The developers have referenced a blog post that's currently being finalised, and which will outline all of the changes coming with Season 4. The moment that blog is published, we'll strip out all of the pertinent details and add it to this section of our Season 4 guide.
Season 4 Skill Rating Tiers
We're going to assume at this stage that no further changes will be made to the various ranks and point thresholds that were used in the previous Season.
Here's how things currently look, but we'll adjust the figures if necessary once the Season 4 blog post is up:
|Season 4 Rank||Points||Rewards (CP)|
Season 4 rewards
Typically, you receive a certain number of Competitive Points for reaching specific thresholds at the end of each Season. You also receive a special Spray and a Player Icon for completing your placement matches, while the highest ranking players get an animated version of the Spray.
This approach has been so consistent over the last three Seasons that we expect at least these current rewards to make it into Season 4. We've a feeling Blizzard might look to expand on the goodies you get out of Competitive Play, however. We'll just have to see what gets confirmed in that announcement blog.
As soon as we have confirmed details of all the rewards involved, we'll grab the assets from the PTR and add them to this guide.