The Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event for Blizzard Entertainment's first person shooter has been announced by the game's Brazilian Twitter. Additionally, some details about the event and a console report system have been datamined according to Yernemm, a creator of a number of online tools and projects relating to the game (as well as other projects).
A portion of the tweet says "See you on the [pitch] in a few days!" The imagery and verbage of the tweet are likely referring to Lúcioball, the Brawl that debuted for the Summer Games 2016. Players competed on teams comprised entirely of Lúcios in a gameplay mode where they attempted to boop a giant ball into a soccer net. The Overwatch Summer Games took place last year on August 2, so we're right around the same timeframe for the event to make a return. Even so, we don't yet have an official date announced just yet.
As for what the event will actually include, Blizzard is holding the cards close to their chest as they usually do. However, some information about the Summer Games 2017 event is already present to some degree in the current live build of the game and has been datamined. One particular quote suggests that there will be 40+ new items added this year:
"The Summer Games return for more fun in the sun! Your favorites from last year are back alongside 40+ new items!"A number of strings are highlighted that are likely references to specific item identification codes. Blizzard has a habit of protecting specific names of things where possible, so we don't have much in the way of details as to what these items are other than the fact that they probably exist. The information was gathered with the Overtool Toolchain Command Line Tools, a set of unofficial programs that allows one to poke around a bit in the game's code. These can be used for mostly benign purposes such as compiling a list of all of a hero's sprays in an easily readable text format. In rare instances such as this, it can be used to reveal potential upcoming content.
Perhaps most importantly, a line was found that suggests a beach theme for the new goodies coming our way:
000000004A6C.07C: Back to the beachAside from the salivating potential of Mercy in a Baywatch lifeguard one-piece, we also have some hints of an early version of the console reporting system. The game's reporting system has had a number of improvements recently detailed that will be worked on over the next year.
In any case, we're more or less certain that the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 are on their way and there will be 40+ new items for players to get in loot boxes. As for what else Blizzard may have in store for the Overwatch gamers out there, we'll have to just wait and see!
Will you be participating in the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event? Does the revamped Loot Box system make you more likely to grind for boxes or outright buy them? Who do you hope will be getting new skins for this event? Let us know in the comments below!