Overwatch Introduces Deathmatch to Arcade Mode

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

Although Overwatch has arguably been one of the most popular shooters since its release in 2016 - it managed to become Blizzard's fastest growing franchise, for instance - the title has yet to officially receive the granddaddy of all FPS modes: Deathmatch. Deathmatch has a way of drastically de-prioritising both of those things.

While several of Overwatch's existing maps have been modified for Deathmatch, Blizzard is also adding a new map called Château Guillard that is designed specifically for two aforementioned new modes.

Overwatch is finally bringing in a Deathmatch mode. "(The Arcade) has opened up our ability as developers to introduce game modes to you guys that we wouldn't normally feel comfortable putting in the Quick Play or Competitive rotation", said Kaplan in the update. All you've gotta worry about is eliminations. This means players won't rage at you for being Hanzo or Widowmaker all the time. In an interesting wrinkle, you don't have to come in first to earn a "win" toward your weekly allotment of Arcade loot boxes.

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Speaking of maps, Blizzard is preparing a new map as well, one that will take advantage of the new free-for-all deathmatch mode called, Château Guillard, the family Estate of Widowmaker, aka Amélie Guillard Lacroix, Lacroix is her married name.

Team Deathmatch runs the same rules with one change: if a player dies and they are resurrected, the point awarded for their kill is immediately revoked. The new game mode pits individuals and teams against each other in a race to reach a certain number of kills - 20 kills for free-for-all and 30 kills for team deathmatch.

The Deathmatch modes are live in the PTR right now and we'll see them enter the official game at a later date.

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