Overwatch’s next seasonal event has been announced today by Blizzard. The Developer update from Game Director Jeffrey Kaplan focussed on the feedback from fans as the basis for the new additions and alterations.
More Skins will be added, with the new option to pay for skins using credits being added. Cosmetic items from the 2016 Summer Games will be available at discounted prices, with Legendary Skins costing 1,000 credits as opposed to the 3,000 credit cost for 2017 Legendary Skins. Loot boxes are also going to be much less likely to produce duplicates.
Kaplan revealed the characters to look out for, specifically stating that Junkrat is getting an ‘awesome’ Legendary skin. Mercy is getting a skin Kaplan described as ‘one of [his] favorite skins of all time’. Additionally, Kaplan makes note that ‘Widowmaker and Mccree fans are going to be really blown away by what we’re going to deliver’. Finally, he mentions ‘there’s some silly stuff too’.
Lucioball is discussed at length in the update, specifically regarding alterations and tweaks. Kaplan addressed fans’ concerns about the ability to ‘boop’ opposing players (particularly opposing goalies) by removing that ability entirely. Lucio’s ultimate has also been changed to stop ‘cheesy strategies’; instead of pulling the ball towards the player, the ultimate will now increase Lucio’s speed as well as the speed of his ‘boop’. Sydney, Australia has been revealed as the new stadium for Lucioball and the 2016 Summer Games map, Rio Stadiums, will be included in the map rotation. The final addition to Lucioball is the second competitive mode that will rank and place players with the opportunity to win special sprays. Two sprays will be available: one for completing Lucioball placements, and a second for ranking within the top 500 of Lucioball comp players.
Kaplan ends the update by guaranteeing “we’re gonna be releasing, even more, information leading up the event.” Finally, Kaplan assures the fans that ‘as always we’re listening to you for feedback and if we need to make changes we will’.
The 2017 Summer Games will take place from August 8th to August 29th.