1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Deathmatch game modes are coming to Overwatch (along with a new map)

By Polycount ยท 5 replies
Aug 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Post New Reply
  1. Overwatch fans might be surprised to hear that the game is getting a mode it was never supposed to have - Deathmatch. In the latest Developer Update, game director Jeff Kaplan announced two variants of the mode: Free-For-All and Team Deathmatch.

    Free-For-All is just what it sounds like - an eight-player slaughter-fest where the sole objective is to kill as many enemy players as possible. For the purpose of getting credit towards the game's Arcade mode loot box rewards, anyone who places in the "top half of players" (the top four) for the match will be awarded a win.

    Team Deathmatch works a bit differently. Players are thrown into two teams of six players each where they must work together to take down as many members of the enemy team as possible.

    Kaplan also announced an entirely new scoreboard built specifically for the game mode that will make it easier for players to tell how well they're doing in terms of kills.

    These game modes will ship with a few customized versions of select Overwatch maps This is a wise move on Blizzard's part, being that most of the game's current objective-based maps wouldn't lend themselves well to the kill-focused environment of Deathmatch.

    In addition to simply throwing players on a handful of slightly tweaked existing maps, the team is also releasing an entirely new Deathmatch-specific map: Chateu Guillard, Widowmaker's former family home. According to Kaplan, the map will feature jump pads, open areas for heroes like Pharah to excel and plenty of tight corridors for characters such as Reaper to get the drop on enemies.

    If you want to test out the two new game modes for yourself, hop into Overwatch's official Public Test Realm (downloadable through the Battle.net client) and have at it.

    Permalink to story.

     
  2. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Rookie

    Boo. I thought games finally evolved, but looks like I was wrong.
     
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Deathmatch.... is an update? wtf
     
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +105

    It's nice to add something people might want, even though it does seem rather out of place in a team focused game. Really scratching my head on this one, but TDM and FFA I'm not entirely surprised by.

    Either they have ability balance sorted out for those specific modes, or it will clearly be a game of pick what does the best. Obviously people will be rotating in and out for the last minute edge, but I wish them the best in this regard. It's more or less feeling like it was a sort-of shoehorned thing, because the specific games of the time are few and far between. At least without counting what we see every year or so, which I find don't bring as much to the table.
     
  5. padajuan

    padajuan TS Rookie

    Many people in Overwatch still havent grasped the concept of playing objective based (teamplay, capturing etc). This could help get some of the people who like the game, but just care about their personal score to play another mode to free up CTP and Payload. More choice is always good. No reason to complain here.
     
    ZackL04 likes this.
  6. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Rookie

    They don't "Add" to the arcade. They replace. Not more options. Replace good options with bad options! Large reason to complain.
     

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...