Overwatch Update Time for Sigma Release and Role Queue Patch on PS4 and Xbox

The next Overwatch update on PS4, Xbox One and PC is coming later today, some time on August 13, in all regions.

This new patch will be bringing the Role Queue beta to all platforms and – as ever with Blizzard updates – we’re expecting the studio to make the update live between 6pm and 8pm UK time.

It’s likely that, because new hero Sigma has served his time in Blizzard’s Public Test Realm (that’s PTR), we’re going to see the new playable character appear in console versions and the main PC version of the game today, too.

Whilst Sigma’s release is all speculation, we do know that Blizzard plans to release the Role Queue beta in this update – something that will be rolled out to the game at large in the not too distant future.

The Role Queue beta will start on Tuesday, August 13, and will run until September 1.

The Role Queue will not be active in Quick Play.

As a result of the introduction of this beta, Competitive Season 17 has been shortened by about two weeks so Blizzard could fit the Role Queue Beta into the game’s seasonal timings.

That means it’s likely we’re going to see Role Queue rolled out to the entire game for Quick Play and Competitive Play beginning on September 1 for the start of Season 18.

Talking about the change of schedule, Blizzard has noted:

“Players can earn Competitive Points similar to other competitive mini-seasons and qualify for Top 500 Leaderboards during the beta season.

“However, beta season stats will only be available for a limited time and will not count toward a player’s permanent Competitive Season stats.”

If you need more information on what Role Queue actually means – and how that’s going to change how you generally play Overwatch – Blizzard explains:

“The matchmaking system will then match two tanks, two supports, and two damage heroes to create a team, and upon entering the match, players will select heroes within their chosen roles,”

“At the end of a match (in both Competitive Play and Quick Play), players will return to the main menu and select their role before queuing for the next game.

“Each of the three roles will have its own queue, and players will be able to see estimates for the wait time for each at the role-selection screen. Several factors go into those estimates, but they’ll generally reflect the number of players queuing for a particular role.

“To help incentivise a more even distribution of players across all roles, players who queue for roles that are currently in high demand may get a reward.

“In Quick Play, the Role Queue system will allow us to determine each player’s matchmaking rating (MMR) on a per-role basis. This enables us to matchmake Quick Play games based on the MMR for each player’s chosen role.”

We’ll find out later today whether or not Sigma will be a part of this latest update – as ever, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

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