The Overwatch Arcade is a great way to earn loot boxes, especially during seasonal events. However, the Arcade has been getting a little stagnant lately. It doesn’t feel like Blizzard gives it much attention, and outside events we don’t see any new game modes rotating in.
In this Play of the Fortnight, we’ll talk about a few changes we’d like to see in the Overwatch Arcade.
New Overwatch Arcade Game Modes
The obvious first change would be adding in some new game modes to the mix. Right now, we see occasional brawls with Mystery Heroes, Mayhem, Deathmatch, and 3v3 and 1v1 matches. These are fine, but there is a certain lack of variety. Blizzard could stand to give the Overwatch Arcade a little love.
Let’s explore a few game modes that might be good additions to the Arcade.
1. Overwatch Volleyball
We mentioned this one briefly in our recent article on the Summer Games. Team Fortress 2 had a custom game mode based around the Pyro, where opposing teams could bounce a ball across a net using the repel function of one of the flamethrower weapons. This could definitely be done by Pharah, and would be a really fun and different style of event game mode for the Summer Games.
2. New Permanent PvE Game Mode
The PvE game modes are always really popular. We’ve had some based around waves of enemies (Junkenstein’s Revenge, for example) and others where you’ve had to move through a level (the Retribution event being the most recent). It’d be great to have new takes on these existing PvE modes, but also a new one. Perhaps a PvE adventure style game mode? Ultimately, it’d be great if Blizzard added a PvE game mode of some description more permanently to the Arcade roster.
3. Boss Mode
We saw this already with the Yeti Hunt during the last Winter Wonderland event. We’d love to see another version of this game mode with a different “boss” type player each time. The mechanics could be similar with slight differences depending on the abilities of the boss and the hunter players. There could also be an alternative with the boss being an NPC rather than a player. This might even fit in with the PvE adventure mode we mentioned above.
4. Large Scale Battle Mode
A game mode with larger teams, sort of similar to a Battlefield style game mode. We already have the conquest map type with capturing points. It’d be interesting to test this one with larger teams and maybe even slightly expanded default maps.
5. Battle Royale Mode
Okay, this one we’re kidding about. Battle Royale games may be all the rage at the moment, but this style doesn’t really fit with Overwatch, particularly because heroes all start with ability sets and weapons. Having them pick items up wouldn’t make much sense. However, a last-man standing elimination style match could be fun instead. Players would select their heroes, and then in a deathmatch style game they’d work to eliminate the other players until they were the last one standing.
Changes to How Loot Boxes Are Earned
At the moment, loot boxes are earned up to a maximum of three per week. Every three wins in a game mode, you get a loot box. There are additional loot boxes for game modes you’ve never completed before, so once you get your first ever win, you get a loot box. This is great, but some of the rotating brawls are less popular than others. This could also be the case if Blizzard starts adding new game modes to the Overwatch Arcade.
How do they combat that? One way might be to add a guaranteed loot box for winning a game mode that is less popular, or double rewards. Alternatively, maybe an in-game credit reward for completing a match in that game mode. It could be a small bonus, but credits are great for unlocking skins, so adding an incentive to play the game mode through to the end would be an interesting way of getting involvement from players.
Of course, there’s the risk of people trying to AFK in the game mode to get the reward. Blizzard would either need to have AFK players kicked as usual, or make it so rewards were only for winning as they already do.
Keep Limited Options Available
A lot of players have expressed the desire for Blizzard to keep all brawls and game modes available at all times. This would likely add too much variety, meaning queue times would be much longer and the less popular game modes would never get played. While this could be combated with the incentives we mentioned above, the limited rotating pool makes sense.
The big problem is that there’s so few game modes available, and Blizzard hasn’t been adding any new ones. Even with events, they’ve been rehashing existing game modes rather than creating new variations. With that, the Overwatch Arcade is quickly becoming stale.
We think the rotating pool of game modes should remain, but new and exciting game modes should be added.
A Step in the Right Direction
One good thing that Blizzard has done recently is adding the D.Va Nano Cola Challenge. This challenge allows players to unlock sprays and even a skin through in-game wins. The best part is that Overwatch Arcade wins are counted. After three wins, players get two exclusive sprays, then an icon after six. After nine wins, players can unlock the exclusive Nano Cola skin for D.Va as well. There are other rewards that can be unlocked by watching streamers with drops turned on throughout the event (which ends on September 10th).
This kind of event is really simple, but gives players a reason to play. Coupled with some additional new mini games, it could be a really fun, semi-regular event for players to take part in. This would be especially helpful to the Arcade if only Arcade wins would count.
For more information on D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge, check out the blog post here.
The Overwatch Arcade is a great, lighthearted feature that many players enjoy. However, it has gone a little neglected recently. We’d love to see new flavors added to the game modes, as well as some minor tweaks to make it more rewarding to take part.
In particular, we’d love to see a permanent PvE game mode. Even just one of the event PvE modes, rotating which one was available at any one time, would be fun. They’re some of the most loved game modes because they’re fun, relaxing, and casual while still having a challenge with each increasing difficulty level.
What would you like to see Blizzard change about the Overwatch Arcade? Let us know in the comments below!
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