Overwatch 2 Summer Games 2023 event: Lucioball, Winston’s Beach Volleyball, skins, more

Jeremy Gan

Summer Games is back for 2023 in Overwatch 2 and here is all you need to know about its release date, game modes, skins, and more. 

During the transition from Overwatch 1 to Overwatch 2, quite a fair few annual events were missing in the beginning as the devs were preoccupied with the release of the sequel. 

However, now that Overwatch is in a much stabler state, it seems the devs have seen fit to announce the return of the fan-favorite Summer Games in Season 5 of Overwatch 2. 

So here is all you need to know about the return of the event as the Summer Games comes back into focus.

Overwatch 2 Summer Games 2023 event: Start and end dates

In an announcement post by Blizzard, the devs confirmed that 2023’s Summer Games will commence on July 11, mid-way into Season 5.

Season 5 comes into focus on Tuesday, June 13, and Blizzard has another event planned for Season 5 as well, Questwatch. 

Summer Games 2023: Lucioball

Whenever Summer Games would roll around in Overwatch, one of the most hyped aspects of it was always the event-exclusive game mode, Lucioball. 

The game mode is essentially Rocket League, but with Lucio instead of cars. The game mode has largely stayed the same throughout Overwatch’s existence. Although, in 2020 they did do a different version of Lucioball, called Lucioball remix. 

And of course, the fan-favorite game is here to return once again for 2023’s iteration of The Summer Games.

Sumemr Games 2023: Winston’s Beach Volleyball

Not only will players be treated to the return of Lucioball, but the devs are also bringing out a whole new game mode exclusive for The Summer Games, Winston’s Beach Volleyball.

2023’s Summer Games brings a new game mode,

Just like Lucioball being based on soccer, Winston’s Beach Volleyball is of course based on volleyball.

According to the devs, players will “run, jump, and spike a giant volleyball towards your opponents, scoring when the ball hits the sand.”

Summer Games 2023: Cosmetics

With the new trailer and teasers for Season 5 comes a few sneak peeks as to what new skins players can get during the event.

The devs showed off a new “tropical-themed” skin for Doomfist which players can gain from the Summer Games event. And included is a Lifeguard Mercy skin which players can purchase.

In addition to the new skins, players have the opportunity to claim older Summer Games skins for free during the event, namely the Spinkle Mei and Track and Field Tracer skins.

However, it is likely we’d get more skins to purchase and gain when the event commences, which we will update you here when we find out.

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