Overwatch developer Blizzard is working on six new maps for the game. The most recent map introduced to the hit multiplayer game is Oasis, which includes lethal cars and jump packs.
On the official Blizzard forum, one player of the team-based shooter complained that the game’s one year anniversary is right around the corner, yet just two new maps have been added to the game in that time. Responding to the post earlier today, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the team is working on six new maps overall.
Three of these maps are “standard” (for use in quickplay and competitive) and are past the “initial playtesting stage” while the other three in-development Overwatch maps are described as “non-standard” and will not be used in quickplay or competitive matches. There are also a “few other experiments going on,” according to the director. Kaplan didn’t reveal when these maps might be released, though the game director says that the team will “work as fast as [it] can” and that it wants to play on these maps as “badly” as fans do.
Unfortunately, Kaplan didn’t offer any clues about what these new Overwatch maps might offer either, though a recent interview may offer some clues. The game’s principal designer recently said that the team wants to create Overwatch characters and maps for every region in the world. While that’s certainly a lofty goal, six maps offers a lot of opportunity for a world tour in that regard and no doubt fans will be hoping that the game will take them to South American locations such as Brazil (where speedy character Lucio is from).
Moreover, despite the rush, fans will also be hoping that Blizzard takes care and takes the time to consider all of the uses for the map. As mentioned, Oasis has some killer vehicles, with a professional Overwatch player using a car to get a kill in a recent match. Entire metas have also formed around Oasis’ jump pads. In order to avoid shaking up the meta too much, while also providing new and fun ways to attack, defend and escort payloads, the Overwatch developer cannot be too hasty.
Overwatch is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.