Overwatch Deathmatch Modes Are Finally Coming, Playable Now For Some

Angelica Greene
August 11, 2017

Overwatch Arcade will soon feature Deathmatch, Blizzard has announced.

Bearing all of this in mind, although Blizzard hasn't revealed an exact date as to when Overwatch players should expect Free-for-All and Team Deathmatch to leave the PTR, most fans will likely be elated that such foundational core gameplay modes are finally coming to the game.

Finishing in the top half of a free-for-all Deathmatch will be enough to earn you credit towards weekly Arcade box unlocks, though obviously finishing top is most desirable. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are all about slaying and killing, and the two modes are slightly different from one another.

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Deathmatch is a free-for-all in which players must, in the grand tradition of the mode, murder each other over and over until a specific kill target is reached. Mercy resurrections will take kills away from the other team's kill count.

In Deathmatch, eight players go head-to-head until one player scores 20 points. If you are prone to falling off the map then you will end up costing your team a point each time you do this. You aren't playing to push a payload, you're looking to grab as many kills as you can, as fast as you can.

Blizzard will also be rolling out altered maps for the mode, as well as a brand new one specifically for the deathmatch modes. It's called Ch√Ęteau Guillard, and you can see it in action in the developer update video above. "For hundreds of years, it was the estate of the influential Guillard family, until it gradually fell into disrepair after the family's power waned in the decades after the Revolution", the official map description reads. Deathmatch modes are available on the PTR right now, and will be releasing to the live client in a couple weeks.

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