With the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics only days away, May’s smash hit Overwatch is being given the full “Summer Games” treatment. Apparently, Blizzard Entertainment decided to go for some weird Rocket League/Overwatch combo. And, to be honest, it’s absolutely brilliant.
It’s worth mentioning that the new soccer themed mode is almost indistinguishable from your average Rocket League arena, if you ignore the obvious difference between brightly-clad cartoon characters and, well, brightly-painted cartoon cars. Even the ball looks the same.
On the official PS Blog, Aaron Keller (Assistant Game Director) had the following to say:
Overwatch’s spin on soccer places you in a fast-paced, 3v3 match featuring Lúcio. Players will hit the field in Rio de Janeiro, punching, bouncing, booping, and wall-riding their way to the goal. Understanding how Lúcio’s abilities affect the ball is the key to mastering Lúcioball. For this brawl, his primary fire has been replaced with a melee attack, allowing Lúcio to punch the ball — perfect for dribbling, passing, and shooting from short range. When you need to launch the ball across the map, Lúcio’s secondary attack emits a blast of sound that gets the job done nicely. Unlike other game modes, the speed boost from Lúcio’s song only affects himself (Amp It Up will still increase that boost for Lucio, as it does normally), and Lúcio’s ultimate ability, Sound Barrier, now pulls the ball toward him.
In case a healthy dose of bloody good fun isn’t reason enough to take on the new Lucioball mode, you’ll be happy to know that participation will also net you a good supply of limited edition Loot Boxes. Any Loot Boxes earned or bought over the course of the event will grant players at least one limited edition Lucioball reward, and there’s even a chance of them being legendaries.
Bear in mind that the event began yesterday (August 2) and will end come August 22 – so if you want to get the most out of this event, you’ll want to get a move on.