Blizzard has announced that they will be adding a Deathmatch mode to Overwatch Arcade, and you can try it out now on the PTR.
The new Deathmatch mode has been a long time coming – Blizzard avoided this originally because it would change Overwatch’s cooperative nature. But it seems that things have changed, and they are now listening to the fan requests.
Overwatch Arcade will have two Deathmatch modes to choose from – Free for All, where it’s every player for themselves until a player gets to 20 kills, and Team Deathmatch, with two teams of six players each must get to 30 kills first. In the Team Deathmatch, Mercy resurrections will take off kills from your kill count.
To make this new match style work, Blizzard has modified some of the existing Overwatch Arcade maps and added a brand new map – Château Guillard. This new map is set on Lake Annecy in southern France and is the family home of Widowmaker. Blizzard has revealed that it is Widowmaker’s ancestral home, which has fallen into disrepair.
The new Château Guillard map reveals some interesting new details about Widowmaker and her current activities. Her Widow’s Kiss is propped against the desk and there is a photograph of her and Gérard Lacroix (her husband) on the bookshelf. Plus, her laptop is open with an email referencing her trip to Monaco, and there is an aeroplane boarding pass for a flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport on the desk too, under the name Danielle Guillard – Widowmaker’s maiden name.
A fan of Overwatch on Reddit has already spotted the similarity between the new Château Guillard map and the real-life Château de Duingt, which is also set on Lake Annecy.
The new Deathmatch mode is revealed in the Developer Update video below.
You can read Blizzard’s full patch notes and find out how to join the Overwatch PTR on the official Overwatch blog.