Despite Blizzard's previous statements to the contrary, Deathmatch is coming to Overwatch

Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch game modes are coming to Overwatch

The new Deathmatch mode will be available in two distinct flavors, "Free For All", an eight-way brawl with the belt going to the first player to get 20 kills, and "Team Deathmatch", a 6v6 race to 30.

Although Overwatch has arguably been one of the most popular shooters since its release in 2016 - it managed to become Blizzard's fastest growing franchise, for instance - the title has yet to officially receive the granddaddy of all FPS modes: Deathmatch. Today, however, Blizzard announced that it's finally bringing free-for-all and team deathmatch to the game alongside a new deathmatch-focused map.

For Deathmatch, Overwatch will roll out two new modes, Free-For-All and Team Deathmatch.

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It seems likely that this new build will take a while to test and will likely launch sometime after the end of the Overwatch Summer Games.

Also, important heads-up for loot seekers: so long as you score in the top half of players (top four, in the case of free-for-all), you'll get a "win" credit toward your Arcade loot boxes.

The modes work exactly how you'd expect: players attempt to kill as many enemies as possible, and each kill counts as a point. If you are prone to falling off the map then you will end up costing your team a point each time you do this. Both modes are designed for kills-centric objectives. This is called Château Guillard, and unfortunately the developer update video does not show any glimpses of the map.

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Additionally, many new maps were added into the PTR for the Deathmatch game mode, with smaller versions of the existing map pool as well as Black Forest, Chateau, and more. Located near Annecy in southeastern France, it is Widowmaker's family estate.

The Deathmatch modes are live in the PTR right now and we'll see them enter the official game at a later date.

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