Deathmatch will soon be added to Overwatch as an arcade game mode very, game director Jeff Kaplan said Thursday in a developer update.
Although it was initially not an idea the development team wanted to entertain, Kaplan explained the Arcade has given the dev team ways to implement new game modes separate from the default quick play mode.
The Deathmatch game mode will have its own scoreboard and two varieties players can choose to play. First is Deathmatch, an eight-person free-for-all game where the objective is to reach 20 kills first. The second is Team Deathmatch, a 6-v-6 game where the first team to reach 30 kills wins the match. As an added twist in Team Deathmatch, Mercy’s ultimate ability, Resurrect, will take kills away from the opponents’ scoreboard, making her a valuable asset.
Kaplan also explained some of the maps have been modified to accommodate the two game modes, and a new map was made solely for Deathmatch. The map is the Chateau Guillard, the family estate of Widowmaker in France. As it is tightly associated with the character, it will have story details for Widowmaker in the map itself and quick glimpses of what “she’s currently up to” in the map.
Other features for the game mode include the ability to skip kill cams in order to respawn faster, and alternate rules — such as everyone playing a single hero — for Deathmatch by looking at the game browser and user-made custom games.
As for the loot box rewards that players can get for playing the new game mode, players won’t have to come in first for every game of Deathmatch, as the top four players of the game will have that game count as a “win,” allowing them to get the Loot Boxes at a reasonable rate.
UPDATE (5:55 p.m. ET): Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are now live in the Overwatch PTR.
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