As the Rio Summer Olympics kick off this Friday in Rio, Brazil, Overwatch is having a very special event based off the glorious worldwide event for two weeks only. Simply known as the “Summer Games” event, Overwatch players can play through matches to earn special olypmic themed sprays, emotes, highlight intros and even skins for their favorite heroes (these loot boxes can also be purchased for the usual price of normal loot box).
If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also included a new brawl game mode called “Lucioball”, and as the name suggests, players run around as Lucio and push a giant soccer ball around in a 3 vs. 3 format, with the first team to score 4 goals being declared the winner.
First off: With the new game mode being included, it looks and plays so much like Rocket League in almost every detail. From the pacing, visuals and physics, it almost seems like they copied Rocket League shot for shot, with the only thing missing from the new mode being rocket-powered RC cars. It’s also kind of blowing my mind a little when I take a moment to think: Has Rocket League really gotten this popular that developers are openly trying to imitate it? I mean, I always considered the game to have some sort of niche appeal to it, but with the recent update to Digital Extreme’s Warframe to include it’s own Rocket League inspired game mode called “Lunaro”, an handful of indie games sporting a similar over-the-top soccer theme and now this new mode for Overwatch, I’m started to believe that there’s something about Rocket League that folks are really drawn too. Something that ever one has figured out already, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it has something to do with mixing the thrill of soccer with its clutch moments of nailing that perfect shot… then amp’d up to a hundred with ridiculous tricks, momentum and speed.
But a part of me likes to believe that the answer to Rocket League’s success is not that simple, because games very similar to Rocket League have been out well before its release, so why is it so popular now? Well anyway, I think that’s a question I’ll save for another day.
The Summer Olympic Games update for Overwatch is now available on PC, Xbox One and PS4 and will be available from August 2nd to August 22nd.