The Star Wars: The Old Republic site has been updated with new information about a forthcoming addition to the game with the next patch. Called "Warzone Arenas", the new content will give PvPers a chance at free-for-all fun in a "Last Team Standing" bloodfest. In addition, changes will be made to the queue system, solo/grouped ranked arenas, and the elimination of 8v8 ranked warzones.
Ranked Arenas will come in two flavors with Game Update 2.4, Solo and Group. Solo players can queue up for Ranked Arenas and be matched with other players of the same rating to compete in Arenas exclusively; no other Warzone maps are present in this Ranked queue. In addition to being matched by rating the match making system also determines the role of the character (DPS, Tank or Healer) and matches them with an analog of the same rank on the other team. This means that in the Ranked Solo queue you will always have a character of the same role for ones you have! No four healers versus four tanks matches here! We think this is a very exciting feature of the Solo Queue as it allows for team parity and creates better matched, more enjoyable PvP experiences. In Group Ranked Arenas however team composition is up to the group. Group Ranked Arenas will still have matchmaking based off of rating but role parity will not be a requirement. Group Ranked Arenas will require a premade group of four max level characters joining the queue and they are allowed to come up with the best composition they can to battle the other team. In addition to these Ranked changes players will no longer be able to respec while in the PvP Queue or while in a Warzone, Giradda didn’t find that fun anyway.
Read all of the details on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.