Over the past year Overwatch has maintained a slow, yet tolerable release schedule for new heroes, but new maps have been a different story. Since launching Overwatch has only released two additional maps, Eichenwalde and Oasis, leaving some fans a bit impatient. Well, thankfully, it sounds like the flow of new maps will increase in Overwatch’s second year.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan had this to say on the game’s official forums when asked about new maps…
“We currently have 3 maps in development, all past the initial playtesting phase that are "standard" maps (Quick Play/Competitive). While something could always change, all 3 of those are looking likely for a release this year. We also have 3 non-standard maps in development (these won't go in Quick Play/Competitive).”
Well, that’s encouraging news. Sounds like we’re getting at least three maps, with the possibility of more. Also, what could these “non-standard” matches be all about? Fans have really responded to the Overwatch Uprising event, so could we see more player vs. AI maps? Perhaps we may even get an all new map type to go along with the standard Assault, Escort, Hybrid, and Control maps.
It also sounds like we’ll also be getting some other new stuff beyond the “non-standard” maps, as Kaplan tacked this extra bit onto the end of his statement.
“We also have a few other experiments going on. Hopefully this will satisfy some of what you're looking for. We want to play on these maps as badly as you guys do. We'll work as fast as we can!”
I’m always down for some experimentation. Seems like year two of Overwatch is going to be more exciting than the game’s generally-safe first year.
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