Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

'Overwatch' is Introducing the New Deathmatch Mode

'Overwatch' is Introducing the New Deathmatch Mode

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

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said Blizzard didn't think deathmatch was right for the game because it wanted to focus on objective-based team modes.

Overwatch has been a big hit since launching last May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it has over 30 million players.

'Overwatch' is Introducing the New Deathmatch Mode
'Overwatch' is Introducing the New Deathmatch Mode

In Overwatch's FFA, you'll be gunning against seven other players to reach 20 kills. First up is Free-For-All, which is exactly what it sounds like - an every-player-for-themselves melee where the victor is the first one to 20 kills. Additionally, story elements for the character will be sprinkled throughout the map similar to Winston and the Horizon Lunar Colony map. A new map will also be introduced - Château Guillard, home of Widowmaker the sniper. Console players, you'll likely have to wait a few weeks for Blizzard to iron out all of the bugs and make everything available publicly.

Team Deathmatch is a similar affair, but it's 6v6 and requires the victor to get 30 kills. You'll find it in the Arcade section, which is where Blizzard puts its alternative game modes. YouTube channel Overwatch Central has made a flyover video of the new map to get a taste of what we can expect from deathmatch's terrain. The developer has confirmed that the top half of players will get credits and loot boxes for their efforts. As such, the previous stance against Overwatch Deathmatch was reversed. The Team version keeps in with the traditional six-on-six, while Deathmatch is limited to eight players.

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