Overwatch, A Game About Teamwork, Is Getting A Free-For-All Deathmatch Mode

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Tank and damage-focused characters will obviously be favored in the mode, but the healer will have the ability to take away kill credits from the opposing team with her ultimate ability.

Overwatch has been one of the most popular shooters since its release in May 2016, but until now, it hasn't featured a deathmatch mode. Kaplan, however, said the Arcade mode - which is all about changing up the Overwatch formula in fun ways - is a flawless course of action to introduce something like deathmatch.

In the latest Developer Update video, Jeff Kaplan explained that these modes will be coming to the Arcade feature of Overwatch, even though Kaplan himself and other members of the team were originally against the idea. As always, the final version of the new update will eventually be released on all platforms after Blizzard conducts testing on the PTR. The mode will be played primarily on modified versions of Arena maps and Capture the Flag maps. You'll be able to play with two different modes: the core Deathmatch mode that's a free-for-all, you against seven other players in a map while using whatever hero you want as you try to rack up kills up to 20.

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"We've made several modifications to many of these maps (including restricting play to a specific area and developing a special respawn system) when playing in these modes", Blizzard added. For hundreds of years, it was the estate of the influential Guillard family, until it gradually fell into disrepair after the family's power waned in the decades after the Revolution. Additionally, story elements for the character will be sprinkled throughout the map similar to Winston and the Horizon Lunar Colony map.

For the longest time, Blizzard has been staunchly against the idea of deathmatch modes in Overwatch. It will be live with new summer-themed skins for Junkrat, McCree, Widowmaker, Mercy, and more through August 28.

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