Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event will take place from August 8 to August 29. Expect it to begin from 11:30pm IST on August 8 and end on 12:30pm IST on August 29.
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.
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.
Moreover, Lucioball sees some interesting modifications. For one, there’s Capa Lucioball - a competitive playlist with a placement and ranking. Also, 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.
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.
With the Summer Games making a return, it’s safe to say Blizzard will have Halloween, Christmas, and Anniversary events as regular, annual fixtures.