Overwatch Summer Games event kicks off


Overwatch’s Summer Games limited-time event has returned, and will run until August 31.

The seasonal event brings a new Lucioball map, an array of new skins and sees the return of last year’s Summer Games items. Blizzard says: “More than 50 brand-new Summer Games 2018 items are available in Summer Games Loot Boxes, as well as the whole suite of past exclusives.” 

The Lucioball map brings football-style gameplay to the popular multiplayer first-person shooter. Blizzard describes it thus: “An Overwatch twist on traditional football, each team pilots three Lúcios scoring goals on a playing field modified for use of his Wall Ride. Control the ball with melee attacks or sound waves, make use of the Crossfade and Amp It Up abilities for mobility, and boost movement speed and jump height with the new Turbo Boost Ultimate. Last year’s Copa Lúcioball returns, with the Competitive Play ladder structure and placement matches for players to show off their skills.”

Summer Games 2018 also brings: “Six new Legendary Skins — Cabana Ana, Fastball Zenyatta, Gridironhardt Reinhardt, Lacrosse Roadhog, Waveracer D.Va, and Catcher Winston. [And] three new Epic Skins — Mexicana Sombra, Éireannach Moira, and Tre Kronor Brigitte.”

To find out more, head to Overwatch’s Summer Games 2018 website.

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