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Overwatch 2 Season 10 will remove group restrictions

Quick Play: Hacked events, Flashpoint maps, and Escort modes will also receive improvements.

Overwatch 2 will remove group restrictions in Season 10, according to Blizzard. Read on for details and what else is in store for the future of the game.

Overwatch 2's different game modes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2's different game modes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 10 removes group restrictions

According to Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller, the next season of the game will remove group restrictions. This means you'll be able to play with your friends more often. In his post, Keller added that groups with a wide range of player skill levels will only duke it out against groups of the same nature. Meanwhile, narrow groups will only face other narrow groups. This will help with the game's competitive integrity.

Overwatch 2 competitive updates

Keller then detailed some additions to the competitive progress screen. He listed match history, a scorecard, role-specific titles, and rank ranges. "We're also looking into a small set of Top 500 improvements but haven't nailed down which season they'll go live yet," he added.

Overwatch 2's competitive modes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2's competitive modes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

In terms of the reworked ranked system that launched at the start of Overwatch 2 Season 9, Keller noted that the competitive mode now accounts for 45% of match hours. Meanwhile, Quick Play is around 32%. Previously, the modes accounted for 35% and 40% respectively.

"Zoom!" (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
"Zoom!" (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Quick Play, Flashpoint, and Escort improvements

As for other updates, the post reviewed the Quick Play: Hacked feature. Thanks to feedback from the Quicker Play event, the push bot will move faster when it reaches a barrier. The match length of push maps will be reduced from 10 minutes to eight minutes in Quick Play as well.

Overwatch 2 Flashpoint Suravasa map screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 Flashpoint Suravasa map screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

"We're implementing a speed boost out of spawn for Flashpoint maps, as well as during setup for defenders on Hybrid and Escort modes," Keller added.

Circuit Royal is an Escort map in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Circuit Royal is an Escort map in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

He then acknowledged the feedback on the disruptive nature of the inaugural Quick Play: Hacked event. Therefore, the Overwatch 2 team will change the way they run Quick Play: Hacked events in the future.

That's all for now. Are you excited for any of the upcoming changes? Stick around on esports.gg for more news and updates!