Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Tyler Owen

Overwatch is finally getting deathmatch mode, available now to limited audience

Overwatch is finally getting deathmatch mode, available now to limited audience

Multiplayer shooters have, more often than not, been characterized by the Deathmatch game mode.

On the Overwatch PTR, two new modes have been added to the Arcade: Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.

Deathmatch has been a long-requested feature for Overwatch since the game came out. In the latter, it's every player for him- or herself. Both of the new modes are joining the Public Test Realm later today, August 10, and will be almost identical to the Deathmatch modes you may have experienced in other first-person shooters. According to a recent (and surprising) developer update, game director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that they will be rolling in a new Deathmatch game mode to Overwatch. In addition, new maps have been brought in that were designed specifically for Free-for-All.

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The second mode is team deathmatch, which will pit two teams of six against one another in a race to 30 eliminations. If you don't quite make it but you're in the top four, you'll still receive one win credit against your loot box tally. You'll find it in the Arcade section, which is where Blizzard puts its alternative game modes. With the game focused on team work, adding a deathmatch mode would be totally against the game's core goal. While the developer update video didn't offer any sort of look at the map, you can check out screencaps here. This means that Mercy is necessary in Team Deathmatch. A brand new map will be used exclusively for the Free-For-All mode called Chateau Guillard, which is home to none other than Widowmaker, Talon's chief assassin.

The game mode pins you and seven other people against each other in a free for all. As such, the previous stance against Overwatch Deathmatch was reversed.

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