Overwatch – The Summer Games (Update 3.15)Published July 26, 2021
The Summer Games 2021 are here from July 20th to August 10th! Read here for more details about all the awesome new rewards players can earn and unlock!
The Overwatch Summer Games 2021 began on July 20th and will close on August 10th. There is a distinct Olympic theme across the event, and the rewards which include dozens of new skins, emotes, intros, and victory poses. Overwatch Summer Games Loot Boxes don’t contain just the new items but also items that you may have missed from previous Summer Games. In addition, readers that are dedicated fans of Overwatch might consider a temporary promotional deal in which the purchase of 50 Loot Boxes will include a bonus of 10 for free.
The Weekly Challenges for the Summer Games event begins with Week 1, which will be active from July 20th – 27th. Playing 9 games will earn the player the ‘Ocean King Winston’ icon, 18 games earn the ‘Ocean King Winston’ spray, while the ‘Ocean King Winston’ epic skin is earned for playing 27 games. The following weeks all follow the same pattern: rewarding the player with a player icon for 9 games, a spray for 18, and the epic skin for 27 games. Week 2, which runs from July 27th to August 3rd, rewards the player with those prizes themed on ‘Sunset Pharah’, while Week 3, which is active from August 3rd to 10th, is themed on ‘Nihon Hanzo’.
Aside from those epic skins that can only be earned through a weekly challenge, there are loads of other cool skins to earn for various heroes, most of which are themed around either sports, like Zenyatta’s ‘Fastball’ skin or Roadhog’s ‘Lacrosse’ skin; something to do with the beach, like Torbjörn’s ‘Surf N Splash’ or Widowmaker’s ‘Côte d’Azur’ skin; or themed around a nation’s symbolism, like McCree’s ‘American’ skin, Sombra’s ‘Mexicana’ skin, and Mei’s ‘Zhongguo’ skin.
The Summer Game Brawls marks the return of Lúcioball, which is Overwatch’s futuristic version of Soccer/Football. A new, much faster version called Lúcioball Remix in which there are two balls on the field rather than just one, and a third bonus ball will periodically appear that is worth extra points when kicked into the goal. Either of these games are played in either the ‘Busan Stadium’, ‘Sydney Harbour Arena’, or the ‘Estádio das Rãs.’
Aside from launching the Summer Games event, this update also fixed a fair number of pesky bugs, including the following:
- Fixed a bug causing replay lists to appear empty.
- One that caused players to receive an error message when whispering between players that are using different platforms.
- Removed a bug that prevented console players from reporting BattleTags
- The text chat scroll bar should now work as expected on consoles.
- Fixed load problems for servers that sometimes moved players onto different teams.
- Removed rounding errors affecting the coordinates of effect actions when reevaluation is disabled.
- A bug that causes the ‘Continue’ action to work properly when an ‘If’ action is between it and the enclosing loop.
- Fixed a bug that caused the Start Damage Modification not to affect the Start Damage Over Time.
- ‘Evaluate Once’ values should now work as expected when part of consecutive ‘Start Camera’ actions.
- An unusual bug that caused Mei’s Blizzard ability to collide with some objects on King’s Row partially has been fixed.
Developed and published by Blizzard, Overwatch is a multiplayer FPS available for play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Nintendo Switch. A sequel is currently in development. Rumors say that it will be released sometime in 2022.