Announced by Scott Mercer in the depths of the Blizzard forums, Overwatch launched a 6v6 competitive elimination mode, with a limited season ending on May 7th at 5:00 PDT. To access, this mode will be available in the Arcade. Mercer added to the post:
“The “Lockout” rule in place, so once a team wins with a hero it becomes unavailable for that team for the duration of the match. All the previous Elimination maps are available to play this season, but we’ve also added Ayutthaya to the mix as an Elimination map.”
Last week, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan described a situation where some heroes actually may die off in the lore. While this seems like when Family Guy killed off Brian, Kaplan reassured that even if a story arc kills off a hero, they’ll never be removed from the roster.
Shortly before that, Kaplan discussed in an interview how hard it would be to implement a Battle Royale mode. As much as I roll my eyes 360 degrees in the back of my head at the sheer thought of yet another developer jumping on the bandwagon, Kaplan stated:
“Overwatch is a game about heroes, and part of what makes the core loop work in a battle royale game is the search, the looting, and the fairness that everybody’s sort of equal. Overwatch wasn’t designed to be a 1v1. Every hero’s not balanced against every other hero.”
Thank Mercy! The last thing we need is shoehorning a game where it doesn’t belong, and then the rest of that game being left by the wayside (looking at you, Fortnite). Although Kaplan stated a Battle Royale is something he wants to do, it doesn’t seem in the cards (or card in Arcade) for Overwatch. Thankfully, Blizzard is still rolling out new content and trying new modes to keep things fresh with Overwatch that doesn’t stray far from the mold. Try out the 6v6 elimination mode now before it’s done in less than a month!
What say you, geeks? Have you gone and tried Overwatch’s new mode yet? Let us know in the comments!