Crack your knuckles, stretch those hamstrings, and turn up the volume—the Summer Games have begun.
For the next three weeks, Blizzard are celebrating the spirit of competition in true Overwatch fashion. Earn special seasonal Loot Boxes, collect over 100 new cosmetic items, and hit the field with your friends in the latest brawl: Lúcioball!
GO FOR THE GOLD
Starting today (and for the duration of the event), any new Loot Boxes you earn or purchase will be sporting an updated look, but the packaging isn’t the only thing that’s changed!
Inside, players will have a chance to find a variety of new cosmetic items commemorating the Summer Games—including themed sprays, emotes, victory poses, highlight intros, player icons, and some very special skins. Though they can’t be purchased with credits, each seasonal Loot Box you receive is guaranteed to contain at least one item from our Summer Games 2016 collection.
While any Summer Games item you unlock will be yours forever, the collection will be heading back into the vault on August 22 when the event concludes. So, if you’ve got your eye on something specific, there’s no time to lose!
The Summer Games event wouldn’t be complete without a display of athletic expertise, which is why Blizzard are unveiling a brand new brawl: Lúcioball! This futuristic spin on soccer places you in a fast-paced, 3v3 match featuring everyone’s favorite beat-dropping Brazilian.
Teams will face-off in the beautiful Estádio das Rãs, located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Equipped with jump pads and speed-boosting walls, this unique arena amplifies Lúcio’s abilities, allowing players to punch, glide, block, bounce, and boop and their way to victory.
Each game of Lúcioball lasts four minutes, and the team that scores the most goals in that time…wins!
Speaking of abilities…understanding how Lúcio interacts with the ball is the key to mastering Lúcioball. For this brawl, his primary fire has been replaced with a melee attack, allowing Lúcio to punch the ball—perfect for dribbling, passing, and shooting from short range. When you need to launch the ball across the map, Lúcio’s alternate fire emits a blast of sound that gets the job done nicely.
Unlike other game modes, the speed boost from Lúcio’s Crossfade only affects himself in Lúcioball (Amp It Up will still increase that boost, as normal), and his ultimate ability, Sound Barrier, now pulls the ball toward him from anywhere on the field.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
This is Blizzard’s very first seasonal event in Overwatch, but there are more on the horizon that they’re keeping very much under wraps. Expect to see more festive Loot Box items, maps, and modes in the future we reckon. So, keep your eyes trained on playoverwatch.com for more information, and don’t forget to follow the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels for all the latest updates.
Overwatch’s Summer Games is live right now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
See you in Rio!