With BlizzCon 2016 in full swing right now, we’ve been getting a ton of updates about fan-favorites like Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and more. If you thought the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Hearthstone expansion was exciting, prepare yourself because we’ve got more news to share. In addition to officially confirming Sombra as a playable character in Overwatch, Blizzard revealed an all-new Arcade mode, which offers five new ways to play the game.
If you’re familiar with the Weekly Brawl mode, Arcade mode will be replacing that. In Arcade mode, players will get a number of gameplay types, including: Mystery Duel, Mystery Heroes, No Limits, Elimination and all of the game’s existing brawls. So in a sense, it is absorbing and enhancing the Weekly Brawl mode. Players will be able to earn rewards (up to three loot boxes a week) with any of the modes.
During the keynote, Overwatch‘s Game Director Jeff Kaplan gave a detailed explanation of the five modes that are on the way. First up is the 1v1 Mystery Duel. During this mode, both players are given the same randomly selected hero. The mode is best of nine rounds (with the same character), and according to Kaplan will serve as an even playing field for players to test their strength. With only two players in the duel, it will be set in the new “Eco-Point Antarctica” map–which is Mei’s home base.
In Elimination, six players will duke it out in a 3v3 mode. This one is best of five rounds, and will restrict your team composition until the next round. But as the name of the mode suggests, once you’re eliminated, you’re gone until the next round kicks off. Mercy will definitely be handy in this situation.
If you’re looking for no restrictions (and to live out your dream of playing with a team full of Meis), look no further than No Limits. It’s basically the same as Quick Play, so no real change here. The complete opposite answer to your average Quick Play mode is Mystery Heroes. In this 6v6 brawl, you’ll duke it out as a randomly assigned hero. There are regular rules here, so the only thing really different is which character you’re able to play as.
Are you still playing Overwatch? Which mode are you excited to try out? Let us know in the comments!