Role queue is live on Overwatch PTR
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The Overwatch team have announced the inclusion of a long-awaited feature, role queue. This will have players select a role before matchmaking begins, locking them to a specific set of heroes for the duration of the match. It will work in combination with role lock 2-2-2 which simply means that each team will be restricted to two damage, two support and two tank heroes.
The feature is presently live on the Public Test Realm, so players can get a feel for how it works. When finally launched, it will be applied to not just all game modes but also the Overwatch League.
This is a common feature in many games, especially those with a focus on competitive play as it tries to create a form of balance in team composition. In Overwatch's case, players will be able to see the wait times associated with the role they pick. It will also reward players that choose roles that are in high demand.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan explained in a recent developer update that the 40 second wait allocated to build a team wasn't enough, creating a sense of pressure on who to pick. Role lock will alleviate that stress and allow players to pick as they feel like.
For a long time before it became official, rumours of role lock 2-2-2 had been circulating, with popular belief being that it was created to force teams to drop the rampant use of triple-triple or GOAT team composition. Kaplan stated that this isn't the case.
A role queue beta season will begin on August 13 and end on September 1, where it will then become a stable feature, alongside competitive season 18.