The Overwatch 2 devs have confirmed there won’t be a full MMR reset for the second game, but revealed that there will be a new SR-related decay system.
Overwatch 2 is finally set to launch on October 4 and will bring a host of changes to the game’s ranked format.
During an interview with Dexerto, game director Aaron Keller revealed that there will be new “skill tiers” such as Gold 2 that will be updated after players have won seven games.
Unlike SR, MMR is a hidden matchmaking rating that determines who you end up being matched against. In a recent Reddit AMAlead designer Scott Mercer was asked about an MMR reset in OW2 and ruled them out… sort of.
Will Overwatch 2 have an MMR reset?
According to Mercer, the Overwatch team won’t be performing a “full” MMR reset in the sequel, but they will still reduce MMR for some accounts.
“We won’t be performing a full MMR reset for Overwatch 2, but we plan to reduce the MMR of accounts that haven’t played in a while as part of a new ‘decline’ system,” a- he declared.
In Overwatch currently, players lose SR if they haven’t played for a while. It looks like the team is expecting an influx of returning players for the sequel and want to see if they can still play in the new 5v5 setting.
It’s unclear if this new decomposition system will also impact his skill level, but the Overwatch team has clarified that more information about the revamped Competitive Ranking Environment 2.0 will become available in the future.
Why doesn’t Overwatch 2 reset MMR?
As explained by the developer, if Overwatch 2 were to implement a complete MMR reset, there could be major challenges for players leading to very unbalanced games.
“A full reset would mean games would be completely unbalanced for weeks or more across the service, and we don’t think that will be a great experience for everyone,” he said.
Fortunately, Overwatch 2 is taking steps to improve the competitive experience, including adding additional security to combat smurfs and a new ping system.
We’ll have to see what more Blizzard plans to bring when OW2 launches later this year. But in the meantime, be sure to sign up to enter the second beta for the chance to try out new heroes and maps, including The Junker Queen.