Will there be an Olympic Winter Games 2018 event in Overwatch?
Back in 2016, Blizzard Entertainment celebrated the 2016 Olympic Summer Games with a popular map for Overwatch named Lucioball. Surprisingly, in 2017 Lucioball made a return with a tweaked ruleset to celebrate the anniversary.
I say surprisingly because there was no actual Summer games celebrated in 2017. You see, the Summer Games is celebrated every 4 years. The next official Olympic Summer Games will take place on 2020 at Tokyo.
However, there is also an Olympic Winter Games — and that one runs also every 4 years, but on a different schedule. The Winter version doesn’t run the same year as the Summer one simultaneously.
For example, the last Winter games was held at Sochi (Russia) in 2014. This year, the Olympic Winter Games will take place at Pyeongchang (South Korea) through February 9-25.
Overwatch originally launched on May 24, 2016 — so there was obviously no Winter 2014 event. But there was a Summer 2016 event in Overwatch. So the question is… Will there be a 2018 Olympic Winter Games event in Overwatch?
Let’s add another couple of questions to that: Will it be celebrated each year, like Lucioball? What type of map might Blizzard make themed around Olympic Winter Games?
Well, that is pretty difficult to accomplish in Overwatch. See, the Olympic Winter Games is very limited in scope of games played (limited to those playable on snow or ice), and there are no heroes in Overwatch that sorta mimic those gameplay mechanics. Check out Wikipedia for the various types of games which include:
- Alpine Skiing
- Cross-country Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Freestyle Skiing
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic Combined
- Short Track Speed Skating
- Ski Jumping
- Speed Skating
Technically, Lucio can skate. On walls, but you never know what type of map Blizzard might come up with where several players can skate toward a goal. Or some kind of capture the flag where skating is the main mechanic.
Unrelated to “Winter Games”* — This topic also makes me wonder if we might see Heroes in the future that use sports or gymnastic-inspired gameplay mechanics that could later be used in the Overwatch Summer Games — like a hero on a skateboard. Skateboarding is part of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games (Tokyo).
Or maybe, another Hero that is a mix between Hanzo/Genji climbing, Winton’s leaping, and Doomfist’s acrobatics moving all over the place with a shorter cooldown.
One thing that could work out is giving Mei a modifier key (i.e. using the CTRL button) where Mei could shoot a slippery path instead of building a wall. Say you press the CTRL button while clicking the button you usually use to build a wall. You place the cursor at the destination desired (like Reaper’s teleportation). If the destination is high ground — the path creates a sort of ramp or bridge of ice. Any enemy standing on the path, could slip and fall, but Mei can slide across the path like Iceman.
Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if this ability is not already in development. Mei actually has a Highlight Intro option where you can see her robotic companion creating a path of ice for her to slide on. Interestingly enough, it is also named: Skating Around.
*Edited to highlight some sports that are not part of Winter Games for clarification. Thanks @RetPallyJil