When does Overwatch Competitive Season 29 begin?
Much like the threat of too hot summer days and painful sunburns, the next competitive season of Monitoring is hiding around the corner. When Season 29 kicks off, however, console gamers may be the ones feeling the burn.
Competitive Season 28 Monitoring has been going strong for almost two months, and players have enjoyed a relatively balanced set of heroes to choose from as they try to move up the ranks. Many off-tank groups have certainly tried too hard to get Call Mech kills with D.Va, but beyond that many different heroes have seen playtime at different ranks.
While Cross Beta was introduced in Season 28, the effects of the new schedule won’t be felt until Season 29 begins on July 1.
Monitoring PC gamers won’t feel any big changes at the start of the next season, as console gamers aren’t allowed to queue in competitive games. Console gamers, however, will be dealing with two separate leaderboards and competitive multi-console games in Season 29.
If console gamers have gone for the cross-beta, they will be able to line up with players from different consoles to tackle ranked games at the start of Season 29, according to an FAQ for the program. For example, a player on PlayStation 5 can band together with a friend from Xbox One to play together in competitive mode. It also means that console gamers could be in lobbies with competitors from many different consoles.
For console gamers who only want to play with those of their same type of console, they can opt out of the cross-play beta. The developers warn in the FAQ, however, that this can lead to increased wait times.
Two leaderboards will be created during Season 29 for console players: one for those who have opted for the Cross-Play beta and one for those who have opted out.
Pick your own adventure when Season 29 kicks off on July 1, likely around noon CT depending on developer schedules.