Overwatch to Finally Introduce Deathmatch Game Mode

Overwatch is adding Deathmatch modes

He acknowledged that he once said deathmatch would "never" come to the game, but said the Arcade, which was added to the game late past year, has proven to be a game-changer.

Although Overwatch has arguably been one of the most popular shooters since its release in 2016 - it managed to become Blizzard's fastest growing franchise, for instance - the title has yet to officially receive the granddaddy of all FPS modes: Deathmatch.

Blizzard rolled out a new Deathmatch game mode today to Overwatch's Public Test Region, with the mode expected to hit the full game "soon". Both modes are designed for kills-centric objectives.

So, where will you be playing these new modes? The former mode is first to 20 kills, and the latter is first to 30.

One twist in Overwatch's version of Team Deathmatch involves Mercy.

The Deathmatch game mode will have its own scoreboard and two varieties players can choose to play.

Also, important heads-up for loot seekers: so long as you score in the top half of players (top four, in the case of free-for-all), you'll get a "win" credit toward your Arcade loot boxes. Some of the Hybrid, Assault and Escort Overwatch maps have been modified for the purposes of Deathmatch, and there'll be a new purpose-made map for free-for-all too.

Blizzard will also be rolling out altered maps for the mode, as well as a brand new one specifically for the deathmatch modes.

Although it was initially not an idea the development team wanted to entertain, Kaplan explained the Arcade has given the dev team ways to implement new game modes separate from the default quick play mode. Additionally, story elements for the character will be sprinkled throughout the map similar to Winston and the Horizon Lunar Colony map. It was in the last summer games event as well, but it's updated now to function a little better.

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