Summer is still in the air, which means it's a perfect time for Blizzard to roll out its annual Summer Games celebration in Overwatch. It looks like Lucio Ball will be the main attraction yet again, with fun in the sun set to kick off on Aug. 9. Of course, you can expect the usual dose of fresh skins and maybe even a few surprises to pop up during the promotion as well.
The above tweet comes to us from the official Overwatch account, where their hint about the impending Summer Games feels less like a tease, and more like a full reveal. That being the case, we can't help but suspect Blizzard has something else up their sleeve that might shake this year's festivities up a bit. The announcement says players will "get a kick out of this," with a gif displaying what is clearly a match of Lucio Ball.
For those new to the game, Lucio Ball is a fun mode that lets players take the field as a team of all Lucios for a round of insane soccer. It only pops up once a year, so you'll definitely want to dive in starting Aug. 9 to get the most out of the mode. During Overwatch's first year, this mode had a theme based on the Olympics. Last year's iteration simply went the "beach party" route, as there was no major sporting event going on to serve as a reference. Since the World Cup just wrapped up a few weeks back, we can't help but wonder if that will provide some inspiration this time around.
The Summer Games also usually bring a collection of new skins for all of your favorite characters, so expect to see those outfits rolled out leading up to next week's big event. And, again, we wouldn't be surprised if some extra fun wrinkles are thrown into this year's event for good measure. I mean, to point out the absolute obvious, Overwatch's latest character cruises around the battlefield in a massive ball. They basically have to work that into this year's version of Lucio Ball, right?
Speaking of which, this is just the latest in a long line of big news for fans of Overwatch. The Summer Games come hot on the heels of the conclusion of the first season of Overwatch League, which itself proved to be a big success that looks to be spawning at least six more global teams for next season. Before that, we got Hammond/Wrecking Ball, the game's 28th character. Blizzard also recently beefed up its staff with a narrative writer, making us wonder if Overwatch is finally going to get a story-driven campaign somewhere down the line.
In short, Overwatch is still going strong and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.