The Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event is live right now. It follows the addition of Doomfist to the popular hero shooter as well as the Overwatch Anniversary event. This is what you need to know about the Overwatch Summer Games 2017.
The Overwatch Summer Games 2017 start time should be 11:30pm IST on August 8. Prior to playing, there will be an update to the game that will go live and it should be available soon after that.
The Overwatch Summer Games 2017 should end at 12:30pm IST on August 29 assuming Blizzard sticks inline with its previous events.
The Overwatch Summer Games 2017 update is 300MB on PC.
Along with it comes the obligatory game modes, loot, and of course a new map. Lucioball - the football inspired mode that made its debut with last year’s Summer Games makes a come back. In addition to the Rio map of 2016 is Sydney.
Moreover, Lucioball sees some interesting modifications. Lucio’s ultimate ability doesn’t pull the ball to the player, instead it increases his movement speed and reduces the cool down time on his alternate ability. Lucio’s ultimate won’t let you ‘boop’ opponents either. What this means is, you can’t use Lucio’s ultimate to push goalies away and pull the ball inside.
Although Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan did not explain why the team had selected the locale, it perhaps could pertain to lore regarding Junkrat - an Australian character in the game.
And then there’s Copa Lucioball - a competitive playlist with a placement and ranking. You can play the Copa Lucioball league through the Arcade. Play 10 competitive games here and you’ll get a special spray. Make the Top 500 and get an even rarer, shinier one.
In a welcome move, the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 brings a stack of event loot crates featuring all new cosmetics as well as returning favourites from the 2016 event. What's more is, last year's gear will be cheaper than the new ones.
Mercy - Overwatch’s go to healer could get a new skin resembling something out of ancient Greece if a leak posted on the Overwatch subreddit is to be believed. This could be Blizzard’s way of ringing in a new setting after last year’s Rio-inspired theme. Other cosmetics items have been leaked prior to the event. These include Widowmaker in a bikini, Soldier 76 in summer attire complete with socks and sandals, and a cricket-themed skin for Junkrat. With the event now live, it appears that these leaks are accurate.
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