Overwatch's Summer Games event is back and here is everything you need to know.
The seasonal event just went live in Overwatch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. As with all Overwatch events, there are plenty of new skins and items for players to unlock—but new to this event, there's also items from last year's Summer Games event.
Everything is available in loot boxes, but purchasable with Overwatch credits, too.
Lúcioball, a three-on-three soccer brawl where everyone is Lúcio, is a huge draw for Summer Games. There's a casual brawl and a competitive ladder this year, with the latter awarding competitive points for playing games. A few adjustments have been made to the game across all modes, however, so you'll want to read up on that before jumping in. Most notably, Lúcio's ultimate has been changed. It no longer pulls the ball toward Lúcio, and instead makes him faster and more powerful.
Summer Games will run through Aug. 28—which means that competitive Lúcioball only has a three-week season. Get your cleats ready, because there are competitive points to earn.
Not to mention, the new skins are absolutely amazing. We can't wait to start playing and racking up loot boxes. With Blizzard's new loot box system aimed at reducing duplicates, it may be easier than ever to get all your favorites.
Some of those new Summer Games 2017 skins — like beach-going, barbecuing Soldier: 76 up there, with his “A-salt rifle” — are real good. Here are a few of the other highlights:
Mercy as the Greek goddess Nike carrying an Olympic torch.
Reaper looks rad as a BMX bandit.
Widowmaker hits the beach in a bikini.
Overwatch players will be able to collect the Summer Games 2017 skins starting today, Aug. 8. The event will run until Aug. 29. Blizzard is giving players a chance to secure last year’s Summer Games skins and other cosmetics at a reduced price.
Other characters getting the Summer Games treatment include snorkeling Sombra, cricket Junkrat and lifeguard McCree. Check out those skins — and shots of the new Sydney stadium for Lúcioball