Here’s how group respawn works in the game.
Overwatch 2 is now live with group respawn. Players who die within five seconds of each other will respawn together to help them group up.
Overwatch 2 group respawn explained
Players who get eliminated in Quick Play within five seconds of each other can now respawn together. This means that instead of the standard 10 seconds, some players can get either a longer or shorter queue time in the spawn room. Those who die more than five seconds from a teammate can still respawn in 10 seconds on their own.
This Overwatch 2 group respawn update is only for Quick Play at the start of Season 7, so it doesn't apply to Competitive Play. However, Blizzard is listening to feedback and may consider updates to the latter game mode.
"We’ll be listening closely to feedback on this new system, and depending on the response and making any changes, we will consider adding these adjustments to Competitive Play in a later season," Blizzard stated in the patch notes.
Why does Overwatch 2 have group respawn?
According to the game's developers, the lack of team cohesion makes it difficult for players to engage in team fights. When players don't group up, it can lead to team stomps. This means one team gets completely rolled because players keep trickling in alone.
"We think that team fights are some of the most enjoyable moments in our game, but we’ve all been in matches where team cohesion – or lack thereof – makes these moments a rarity," Blizzard stated. "These matches often turn into stomps for the team that can’t group up, and preventing stomps is a high priority for us. As such, this season, we’re modifying how heroes respawn for Quick Play."
That's all for now. Stay tuned on esports.gg for more Overwatch 2 news and updates.