Overwatch’s competitive mode is out now on PC, and it's coming to PS4 and Xbox One next week, Blizzard has confirmed.
Blizzard announced the new mode's release details in a recent blog post, noting that this “staggered launch” isn’t the ideal way to launch new content.
"We don't have an exact date to share, but we can confirm that the patch is going through approvals right now on both platforms.”
The company added that it hopes to “continue to refine” its patching process so future updates can launch simultaneously on all platforms.
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Overwatch’s first competitive season will be substantially shorter than expected, lasting a total of two months instead of three.
"This is because our Competitive Play patch is launching in the middle of the summer 2016 season, which technically began on June 1 (a minor side-effect of our real-world season system)," Blizzard explained. "As a result, our inaugural season will include approximately 1.5 months of play rather than the full 2.5 months, ending on August 18 across all platforms. The Fall 2016 season will then begin as scheduled following our standard two-week off-season break."
Overwatch will have separate competitive seasons across PS4, Xbox One and PC, each of which will reward talented players with shiny new skins.
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