It appears the Overwatch Summer Games event could be back with more than 40 new items available, according to datamining done by a Reddit user.
The Redditer was able to uncover game files in the current live version of Overwatch, with a string that read “000000004A70.07C: The Summer Games return for more fun in the sun! Your favorites from last year are back alongside 40+ new items!” The datamine also seemed to confirmed that special Summer Games Loot Boxes are on their way, as well as a mysterious string that has a reference to “Back to the Beach,” which quite frankly could mean anything.
The Summer Games event isn’t a new one, as an event with the same title took place last year, and a slew of limited edition cosmetic items were available through Loot Box drops. Epic and Legendary tier skins were added, as well as in-game emotes, voice lines, icons, highlight intros, sprays, and additional victory poses that were in line with the theme of the Summer Games. The event also had a new game mode called “Lucio Ball,” a derivative of soccer with gameplay similar to Rocket League.
The datamine also revealed a reference to a player reporting system on console versions of the game, a feature that console players have been asking for. The string reads a hypothetical message to a player that had their account suspended due to in-game reports. When this feature might be implemented is still unclear, as game director Jeff Kaplan has said doing so is “extremely challenging from a technical standpoint” on consoles.