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More than 40 new items could come to Overwatch in apparent Summer Games event

The Overwatch Summer Games could be coming back with more than 40 new items.
The Overwatch Summer Games could be coming back with more than 40 new items. Photo courtesy of Blizzard.

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.

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