Earlier this month, Overwatch released a new game mode as a part of the Summer Games update called Lucioball, a Rocket League-style mode where users play a soccer-ish game as a modified version of the character Lucio – or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be.
It was revealed by multiple players after the game mode’s launch that, by hitting random buttons before a match, players would be presented with a character selection screen. Players could then play as any character they wanted. The hard-hitting aspect of the glitch is that all of the other characters were unmodified, and therefore had offensive moves that essentially ruined the game, as those playing against the modified defensive version of Lucio have no way to compete.
However, Blizzard is now threatening to punish players who use and abuse this glitch.
Jeff Kaplan said on the game’s forums:
Apologies for this bug. We’ve attempted to fix it numerous times and have had unrelated issues preventing the fix. We hope to have a fix this week.
In the meantime, we are in discussions with our Customer Support group to start taking action against those deliberately using the bug to play heroes other than Lucio.
Please do not exploit this bug. Fair warning.
It is unknown at this time what the punishment would be.
Banning a player from the entire game of Overwatch seems a bit excessive, but if a user is knowingly exploiting a glitch in order to basically ruin the game for everyone else, it could warrant such a severe punishment from Blizzard.
The Overwatch Summer Games event is running from August 2nd until August 22nd.