The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are almost upon us and in celebration, Blizzard Entertainment has a host of new addition for Overwatch. The biggest new feature is an all-new map and game mode, both focused around Rio and the Brazilian member of Overwatch, Lucio! Lucioball is essentially Rocket League inside of Overwatch.
The 3v3 Brawl mode makes everybody Lucio and replaces his primary fire with a melee attack, allowing you to punch the ball. His secondary fire works the same as always, launching the ball far distances. Speed Boost only works on Lucio himself and his ultimate ability, Sound Barrier, pulls the ball towards him.
In addition, there are new Summer Olympic-themed items, including costumes, sprays, highlight intros, and emotes. Unfortunately, these items aren't available for purchase: you can only find the seasonal items in Loot Boxes. And they're only for a limited time! After August 22, those items will go back into the Blizzard vault, never to be seen again. (Maybe.)
"This is our very first seasonal event, but there are more on the horizon. We're not quite ready to reveal our plans, but you can expect to see more limited-edition Loot Box items, maps, and modes in the future," wrote Overwatch assistant game director Aaron Keller on the PlayStation blog.
Everyone who logs into Overwatch during the three week period gets a free Loot Box to prime your wild desire to buy more loot boxes to get those excellent skins. The skins are all based on the flag of the character's home country, but not every character gets a new color. The new looks are only available for: Tracer, Zarya, Lucio, Mercy, McCree, Torbjorn, D.Va, Genji, and Widowmaker. Out of that list, Tracer, Zarya, and Lucio all have distinct new models, and a second color option for their specific skins. You can see the entire set below.
For my part, I opened my Loot Box expecting that my lack of luck in the premium skins department would continue.