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When does Overwatch Summer Games 2020 event begin? Everything we know

Published: 9/Jul/2020 0:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s been awhile since the last Overwatch event, Anniversary, came to a close, and fans have been eager to find out when the next Summer Games will kick-off.

Summer Games was the first-ever Overwatch event back when the game first launched in 2016. Amusingly, it also coincided with the Olympic Games, and while not an official Olympic crossover, it did feature the introduction of country-specific skins, as well as icons.

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The Summer Games event also introduced the Lucio Ball mode, where teams of three try to score as many goals as possible in a Rocket League-like setting with massive soccer balls.

Since its 2016 iteration, Blizzard has enhanced the event to include a short competitive Lucio Ball season with its own leaderboards and rewards.

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Lucioball in Overwatch Summer Games
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Lucioball is the main Overwatch Summer Games mode.

Additionally, Lucio Ball has seen new maps created exclusively for it in the form of Sydney Harbor Arena and Busan Stadium.

Of course, the best part about the event is the skins, which take the game’s cast and transform them into summer attire such as Lifeguard McCree, Grillmaster 76 and Tulum Sombra.

Others are more athletic and put the heroes in sports-themed skins like Lacrosse Roadhog, Cricket Junkrat and the ever-popular Fastball Zenyatta.

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D.va's Overwatch Summer Games waveracer skin
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D.va is ready for Summer.

The question is, when will the event begin? While the 2016, 2017 and 2018 events have begun in early August, the 2019 version started in mid-July.

Considering the other events began on a Tuesday, it’s likely that the 2020 Summer Games could begin as early as July 14. Other possible dates include July 21, July 28 and August 4.

So far, Blizzard hasn’t started teasing that the event is coming, but once they do, we should have a better idea that the Summer Games is right around the corner.

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Zenyatta's Overwatch fastball skin
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We want a pitcher, not an Omnic monk…er?

Until then, players can sink their teeth into the new Competitive Open Queue and try to earn some valuable coins to unlock the new batch of skins that are on the way.

Will this be the year the likes of Ashe and Sigma get Summer Games skins? Only time will tell.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.