Every July, Overwatch hosts its Olympics-inspired Summer Games occasion. Like all Overwatch occasions, Summer Games brings a choice of new skins, a restricted sport mode, and new weekly challenges for gamers to participate in over the course of the occasion. Skins within the occasion have quite a lot of selection to them, however the occasion has featured some nice skins prior to now, similar to Soldier 76’s barbecue-themed Grillmaster pores and skin that’s full with mustard and ketchup bottles on his bandolier.
For many followers, the Summer Games occasion is the spotlight of the 12 months. The limited-time skins obtainable in the course of the occasion have at all times been fairly sturdy, and lots of followers look ahead to the yearly return of the Rocket League-inspired Lucioball sport mode as nicely. The occasion is so widespread that this 12 months there have been various fan-made skins that will have match completely in Overwatch‘s Summer Games occasion. What makes the skins much more tempting is that the entire skins gamers unlock will nonetheless be obtainable for them to make use of when Overwatch 2 releases a while sooner or later.
The first pores and skin revealed for Overwatch‘s Summer Games 2021 occasion was the Mermaid Symmetra pores and skin. The pores and skin options Symmetra in a showering swimsuit full along with her bionic arm that includes a shell-like shoulder piece and fish-like scales as nicely. Perhaps the very best a part of the pores and skin, nonetheless, is the brand new skins utilized to her weapons and devices, which all have been transformed to seem like cute robotic squids.
The subsequent new pores and skin is Poolside Ashe. The pores and skin not solely options Ashe absolutely kitted out in pool apparel and floaties but additionally features a new search for her final Bob. Bob will get a classy new shirt, a speedo, leg floaties, and wears a pink flamingo floaty on his head. If that wasn’t sufficient, Ashe’s rifle can be reskinned to seem like a squirt gun, which is a superb twist on its conventional basic Western look.
Mei additionally receives a brand new pores and skin this occasion, known as Sprinkles Mei. The pores and skin reimagines Mei if she labored at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, just like Stranger Things‘ Scoops Ahoy, full along with her robotic even that includes a brand new ice cream cone physique and is made from vanilla ice cream with fudge and sprinkles on prime.
Sigma additionally receives a brand new pores and skin, titled Scuba Sigma. Not solely does the pores and skin reveal that Sigma is surprisingly muscular, however it additionally is totally kitted out for scuba diving. It options varied followers to assist the gravity scientist traverse underwater in addition to an oxygen masks with tubes and a meter on his chest.
The closing new pores and skin is the referee Orisa pores and skin, which was not revealed to gamers till they jumped into Overwatch in the course of the occasion. The pores and skin absolutely reimagines Orisa as a referee, full with a baseball cap, headset, and loads of black and white stripes. The pores and skin comes after leaks lately prompt that Orisa will obtain a brand new means in Overwatch 2.
Of course, the Summer Games would not be the identical with out Overwatch‘s Lucioball. The limited-time mode pits two groups of three towards each other with each participant controlling a Lucio with a modified package. Instead of his typical package, Lucio’s major assault is modified to a melee assault to hit an enormous ball into each other’s targets to attain factors. There isn’t any option to harm enemy gamers, and gamers can solely maintain Lucio’s Crossfade means on velocity mode. Players are additionally in a position to make use of Soundwave extra ceaselessly to actually throw the ball, and Lucio’s final means is swapped out for one that enhances his velocity, soar top, and the recharge of Soundwave.
This 12 months Lucioball could be performed throughout three maps that includes special-made stadiums in Busan, Sydney Harbour, and Lucio’s native Brazil. The occasion this 12 months is holding the quite a few modifications launched to the sport mode final 12 months. This consists of midair crouches, massively decreased cooldowns, elevated punch, and Shockwave ranges, which is able to make gamers sooner. Summer Games this 12 months can be bringing again Overwatch‘s Lucioball Remix mode. This mode is even sooner than the usual model and sees groups battling over two balls whereas extra balls randomly spawn all through the match, that are value a wide range of level values.
Summer Games 2021 additionally brings again the weekly challenges that Overwatch has performed all through its latest occasions. The weekly challenges problem gamers to play a sure variety of video games throughout all of Overwatch‘s varied modes to unlock an emblem at 9 video games, a twig at 18 video games, and an epic rarity pores and skin at 27 video games. The first weekly problem is themed round Winston’s Ocean King pores and skin that options the gorilla in blue scaled armor in addition to an Atlantic crown and golden glasses. The first weekly problem runs from July 20 to July 27.
The second weekly problem is themed round Pharah’s Sunset pores and skin. The pores and skin is Hawaiian-styled with Pharah’s armor being painted a crimson to orange gradient full with white tropical flowers and wooden trim. The pores and skin is on the market from July 27 to August 3.
The third weekly problem runs from August 3 to August 10 and options the brand new Nihon Hanzo pores and skin. The pores and skin applies a white theme throughout Hanzo’s typical apparel together with some crimson accents impressed by Japan’s iconic crimson solar. Hanzo has obtained weekly challenges in Overwatch earlier than, however he’s additionally some of the iconic characters within the sport, so it is smart that the Overwatch staff would have as a lot enjoyable with the character as they appear to.
Summer Games 2021 is an ideal time for returning or new gamers to leap into Overwatch and get in on the enjoyable. During the occasion, gamers are additionally in a position to earn the entire cosmetics from earlier years’ Summer Games occasions, so there’s a ton of recent skins, emotes, spotlight movies, and extra for gamers to attempt to unlock this 12 months. The occasions will undoubtedly make a return in Overwatch 2, so hopefully, gamers will get some extra information on the sport’s hotly-anticipated sequel someday quickly.
Overwatch is on the market now on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. The Summer Games occasion runs from July 20 to August 10.