Overwatch Season 3 is set to begin on December 1st, just a week after season 2 ends. Players will see some notable changes in how skill rating are handled. In Blizzards newest forum post, Scott Mercer, principal designer, recently spoke about an interesting dilemma when it comes to skill rating.
“If we completely reset everyone’s skill rating (SR) at the start of a new season, then players of all skill levels would end up playing against each other and having poor quality matches until the system could reevaluate each player’s skill.”
“As a result, we’re testing a different way of determining your starting SR for Season 3 on the PTR,” he explained. “We’re leaning more towards trying to keep things fair rather than giving everyone a fresh start. We’re also going to initially tune your SR to be slightly lower to start. In turn, fewer players should start the season having their skill rating drastically drop despite having close to even wins and losses.”
“This change will mean that some players will not start in the same tier for Season 3 that they were placed in for Season 2, and that your SR gains from winning will be a little higher at the beginning of the season. After you play enough matches, however, your SR gains and losses will go back to normal.”
However, further changes could be made still. Blizzard plans to see how things play out on the PTR, and may end up resetting placement matches during the test.