Blizzard has long since taken pride in Overwatch's team-based gameplay. Part of the overall enjoyment in the game comes from banding together with your teammates and effectively combining your abilities to dominate the enemy.
But now Blizzard wants to take the core focus they have stuck with for so long and turn it upside down, introducing a new and exciting free-for-all deathmatch mode. In essence, they are ditching the teamwork elements and letting you run loose on a tirade of destruction, eliminating anyone who stands between you and victory, It's a radical departure to say the least.
In Bllizzard's latest video, Jeff Kaplan from the Overwatch team announced that the game will indeed have an official free-for-all and team-based deathmatch mode. These will be added to the game's arcade hub and will be available to all. Mr Kaplan has understood and acknowledged that he once claimed there would never be a deathmatch mode in the game but has admitted that the Arcade, which was added to the game in late 2016, has proven to be an absolute game changer for the world of Overwatch:
“The coolest part of the Arcade is that it’s opened up our ability to as developers to introduce game modes to you guys that we wouldn’t normally feel comfortable putting in the quick-play or competitive rotation.”
The main new mode will be a free-for-all deathmatch that will pit eight players against each other. You don't even have to come first in order to earn points towards your weekly allocation of Arcade loot boxes, you just have to finish in the top half of the scoreboard, which will be a welcome relief to some.
The matches will take place on a series of modified version of the maps that are already present in the game.
There will also be the introduction of a team deathmatch mode which will have two teams of six rush to get 30 kills and be crowned victorious. Using a healer's resurrect ability will actually take away kill credits from the other team, making a Mercy pick essential.
You can try the new Overwatch deathmatch modes for yourself right now if you're playing on PC. There has been no release date as of yet for the console versions but expect more news soon.