Blizzard announced the extremely well liked Summer Games event for Overwatch, will be returning this year. Director Jeff Kaplan did say there would be some changes, including new skins, a new card to the Arcade, and even a way to get the old skins from last year. Summer Games will run from August 8th-28th.
Kaplan started off by mentioning that everyone who wasn’t able to get the skins from last year’s Summer Games, can definitely get them with credits. The old skins will be at a discounted price, reduced to the cost of a normal loot box, which is a 1000 credits. He gave an example: “if you want Tracer in her runner skin that she had in Summer Games 2016, which was a Legendary, it will only cost you 1000 credits versus the 3,000 credits that an event Legendary normally costs.”
He also said new skins would be coming as well and mentioned specific characters: Roadhog will be getting a “sporty” themed skin and Mercy (he did not mention her skin, but did say it was “his favorite). There was a reminder that this event would be the first time players would be seeing the significant reduction in duplicates from loot boxes.
Yes, Lúcioball is coming back to Summer Games, returning with Rio Stadium from 2016, but in the new location of Sydney, Australia! There are improvements to Lúcioball, as Kaplan explained:
- Players can no longer “boop” the enemy goalie out of the way
- Lúcio’s ultimate was changed, no longer allowing you to pull the ball towards you, but giving Lúcio speed to “boop” the ball quickly and jump higher
A new card was also added this year to the Arcade, it’s called COPA: competitive Lúcioball. For three weeks of the Summer Games players can test their skill. If you place if you play your ten games competitively in Lúcioball you will get a special spray. If you make it into the Top 500 in your region you will get an addition spray.
That’s your Summer Games. You can see what Jeff Kaplan had to say for himself, below: