Role queueing was added Thursday to the Overwatch Public Test Region on PC ahead of the Role Queue Beta Season in Patch 1.39.


Blizzard Introduces Role Queueing to Overwatch


Role queueing was leaked in an Overwatch League interview Wednesday, but Blizzard confirmed it Thursday.


"With Role Queue, we’re updating the matchmaking and queuing systems in Competitive Play and Quick Play so that players choose which role they want to play—tank, support, or damage—before a match even begins. The matchmaking system will then match two tanks, two supports, and two damage heroes to create a team, and upon entering match, players will select heroes within their chosen roles," Blizzard said in the announcement.


Specific role queues will have different wait times depending on how long it will take to find a match when queueing for a certain role. Blizzard will even offer incentives such as loot boxes for queues to get players to play a different playlist.


Players will also have separate skill ratings for each queue. A beta season, taking place Aug. 13 through Sept. 1, will take place to allow for more feedback and testing.


For more information on Overwatch role queues, check out the official announcement.


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