Blizzard Entertainment is updating Overwatch on Windows PC today, and this patch finally adds Competitive Play. The tier-based mode will go live for PC players wanting a more serious version of the hero-based shooter to test out, but those on console will have to wait.
"We know this isn't an ideal way to deliver new content, so we're going to continue to refine our patching processes over the next few months in an effort to sync up our release dates across platforms as closely possible," a community manager wrote on Battle.net. "Although our Battle.net client will always allow us to be more agile on PC, we hope to reach a point where we can release major updates on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 simultaneously."
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are expected to receive the update in the coming weeks. When Competitive Play launches, its first season will also be shorter than average. The mode's debut season will run just two months, as opposed to the previously proposed three. That's due to the late start date, according to the post; the summer season technically began on June 1. The 1.5-month season will run until Aug. 18.
Director Jeff Kaplan has offered details on just what Competitive Play entails over the past few months. The mode first appeared in a closed beta prior to Overwatch's launch, but it went back into development until last week's open beta. Changes made since its original incarnation include penalties for abandoning a game, placement matches, golden weapon skins and other features.