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Overwatch Summer Games 2018 release date – UPDATE
The Overwatch Summer Games are coming back!
Blizzard has announced that the special event will return on August 9 – and if previous Overwatch events are anything to go by, we’ll see the event kick off at 6pm BST.
“You’ll get a kick out of this!” a Blizzard tweet declares. “Team up with your friends for Summer Games on August 9.”
The Korean Overwatch account then tweeted a teaser video of the event that seems to suggest we’ll be getting a Lucioball mode return to the popular hero shooter, too.
The setting for the mode this time appears to be Busan, South Korea.
No new skins have been confirmed for the event right this minute – but we do know older skins will be returning. There appears to be a tease for a Wrecking Ball skin, too, suggesting more new skins could be on the horizon – we’ll keep you posted as we discover more.
Overwatch is expected to get its latest event – the Summer Games 218 event – pretty soon.
If previous years are anything to go by, we’re expecting Blizzard to announce a release date for the game’s latest even very soon.
Now that the release of hero 28 Wrecking Ball is out of the way, Blizzard can look forward to the release and support of the Summer Games 2018 event.
Some fans were expecting the new game-wide celebration to be announced alongside the launch of Wrecking Ball – a.k.a Hammond – last week, but that wasn’t the case.
In previous years, Summer Games celebrations started on August 2 (2016) and August 8 (2017).
If that trend is to continue, we’re hoping Summer Games 2018 will kick off on August 7.
If that is going to happen, you can expect Blizzard to announce something this week.
Summer Games 2018 – Everything we know
Once again, going by previous years’ setups, we can expect Summer Games 2018 to include a version of Lucioball: a Rocket League-inspired football mode that sees players attempting to score goals against their opponents before time runs out.
Last year saw a ranked version of the mode added to the game, so we can likley see something similar get added this year, too – as well as a few other potential surprises.
Previous years’ skins and emotes and sprays will make a return, along with brand new items that will likely have Overwatch fans chomping at the bit.
You can see highlights of previous years collected in the galleries above and below.
This comes after Blizzard introduced hero 28 – Hammond the Wrecking Ball – into the Overwatch fold.
Wrecking Ball, or Hammond, is a new Tank hero with quad cannons and an adaptive shield.
“Wrecking Ball’s tinkering capabilities and iron-clad mech make him a formidable tank hero, capable of bowling through the front line of the opposition and causing mayhem in the back line,” reads a Blizzard post.
“His primary weapon, Quad Cannons, are two sets of twin machine guns that shred enemies caught in their crosshairs.
“No team is too much for Wrecking Ball to engage against with his Adaptive Shield, which generates more health based on the number of enemies nearby.
“This shield makes him incredibly difficult to kill when he bulldozes into the fray and, once he starts to get low on health, also provides him the endurance to escape.”
You can read more about the lil’ fuzzball here.