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Overwatch is getting free-for-all and team Deathmatch modes

11 August 2017, 02:08 | Cameron Gross

Overwatch is getting free-for-all and team Deathmatch modes

Overwatch is getting free-for-all and team 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 a year ago, has proven to be a game-changer.

Overwatch is finally bringing in a Deathmatch mode.

In a new video, Jeff "From The Overwatch Team, Just To Be Sure You Don't Think I'm From Any Other Teams" Kaplan announced that Overwatch is adding free-for-all and team-based deathmatch modes to the game's Arcade.

Kaplan did not give a date on when the deathmatch modes would be released to Overwatch other than "really soon".

For now, you can entertain yourself with the Overwatch Summer Games event, in which you can earn brand new skins for each of the characters.

Overwatch is getting free-for-all and team Deathmatch modes
Overwatch is getting free-for-all and team Deathmatch modes

The new core of Arcade will be the new free-for-all Deathmatch that lets players compete against seven other opponents. There are even boons for playing as certain characters, and the maps themselves draw from a different pool than the free-for-all variant. The first player to reach 20 points wins, with one point awarded for striking the final blow and one point subtracted for a death due to environmental or self-inflicted damage.

If you're in the top four in each match, you'll get win credit toward your loot boxes.

The FFA deathmatch mode will also receive an exclusive map set in Widowmaker's family estate in France. Plus, the aforementioned Château Guillard has not only been teased as having "great gameplay" thanks to lots of "jump pads" and "open areas" for Pharah to use for flight, and "tight Reaper corridors", but also its story and artwork is engaging as well, for it was originally home to Amélie Lacroix (AKA Widowmaker).

For the longest time, Blizzard has been staunchly against the idea of deathmatch modes in Overwatch. Deathmatch has a way of drastically de-prioritising both of those things.

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