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Overwatch 2 was released back in October of 2022, and ever since its launch, it seems like the sequel has stumbled from issue to issue. As its second season of content comes to a close, game director Aaron Keller has outlined plans to address community concerns going forward, chief among them the rather shoddy implementation of Ranked mode.

Ranked Mode has been a point of contention ever since it was implemented, and it all has to do with the way Overwatch 2 determines a player's skill. Publicly, players are assigned a tier, from Bronze to Grand Master, but there is actually a hidden rating system determined by their in-game performance, which governs who they would go up against. This means that players would find themselves matched with players of vastly different ranks, even if their actual skills are somewhat comparable, leading to confusion.

Keller acknowledged the issue in a blog post, noting that "the new Ranked mode suffered from poor comprehension. There was confusion around players’ real rank and how that translated to their skill level, difficulty forming groups with friends, and a negative impression of the matchmaker when players of different ranks were put in the same match (even if their skill levels were similar)."

Keller explains that changes will be coming in both Season 3 and Season 4 that are aimed at "creating more clarity in the system." He also discusses balancing, always a point of contention in a competitive hero shooter, and changes to the ultimate refund cost when changing heroes (which will be lowered by 25%).

Are you still keeping up with Overwatch 2? What do you think of the current state of Ranked mode? Bunch above your weight class in the comments section below.

[source overwatch.blizzard.com]