The Summer Games, which in 2016 were tied to the theme of the Rio Olympics, are returning to Overwatch as a seasonal event, with new skins to boot.

Much like last year, the Summer Games will bring new sports-themed skins to all heroes and the Lúcioball game mode will be back, with the chance to play ranked matches this time around. Last year’s skins will also be available for purchase at a discount while the event lasts from the 8th of August to the 29th.

Lúcioball being made available in competitive play will definitely make for some interesting matches, amplifying the base competitive nature of sports twofold. Due to this rather big leap, the game mode had to be rebalanced, so this won’t be the exact same Lúcioball we all played last year.

For those of you who missed out on the event last time, Lúcioball is a 3v3 special game mode which is an abstraction of football, as the name suggests. All players are Lúcio, but with a different skillset than in regular matches. Players need to get the ball into the opposing team’s goal, and the ball (as well as opponents) can be pushed forward with the primary attack. Imagine something similar to Rocket League…

The biggest change is the ultimate ability in the game mode, which last year pulled the ball towards the player. Instead, the new ultimate will give players a speed buff, as well as increasing the potency of their ‘boop’, which is what knocks other players away from them. Additionally, the soundwave attack no longer boops other players either.

Last year’s version of Lúcioball was only playable on a single map, but this year a new location, the Sydney stadium, is also being added to provide a change in scenery.

Skins, emotes and other cosmetic items from the 2016 event will be making their way to the credit store this time around as they were only available via lootbox drops last year. This year’s new skins will also be available for purchase rather than only through RNG, meaning you have a much better chance at getting the items you want. The 2016 Summer Games collection will be offered at a discount, too.

New 2017 Summer Games Cosmetic Items will cost the following:
Legendary Skins will cost 3,000 credits
Epic Skins will cost 750 credits
Rare tier will cost 225 credits
Common tier will cost 75 credits

Previous Summer Games cosmetics will be available at a reduced cost:
Legendary Skins will cost 1,000 credits
Epic Skins will cost 250 credits
Rare tier will cost 75 credits

Junkrat may be getting a new legendary skin based on the comments of game director Jeff Kaplan in the video announcing the return of the Games, and based on datamined info at least 40 new items will be added in total. Let’s not forget that it was a reference to the Summer Games which was the first Doomfist leak, so the game’s newest hero will also get some neat new items for sure.

Overwatch Summer Games 2017 will begin next Tuesday, on August 8.

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