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Overwatch Paris rework would greatly improve ‘hated’ assault map

Published: 15/Jun/2020 18:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Paris is one of Overwatch’s most disliked maps, and has been since it was added to the game back in 2019. While Blizzard themselves are designing improvements to the map and have removed it from Competitive rotation, YouTuber BlameTheController decided to have a go at fixing it himself.

Using CSGO’s Hammer Editor, BlameTheController was able to recreate Paris within that game and even go about adjusting things as he saw fit to make the experience better for attackers and defenders.

BTC outlined some of the map’s biggest issues with Point A in need of fixing: bad health pack spots, only one sniper location, the left attacking route is horrible due to a lack of cover, and the car by the choke just gets in the way.

After moving some health pack spots around, the YouTuber decided to flatten one of the roofs on a building by the left side of the choke. This would now allow for heroes to stand on top of it without sliding down and poke from a distance.

He also moved a truck to be closer to the enemy high ground to give the attackers another way to get on top if need be.

Basically, with these edits, the attackers have many more safe options available for them than they have in the live version of the game.

Meanwhile, for Point B, the YouTuber changed up how many routes attackers have, the amount of natural cover, and including a “forward scouting position.”

By moving a fountain near the second point, the defenders have more line of sight to see where the attackers will be coming from.

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Paris is one of Overwatch’s most hated maps.

In the hallway, the right-hand side is now blocked off with the attackers having to choose between going middle or making a left turn. This means that the attackers will need to commit to a position they want to assault the objective from.

While BlameTheController doesn’t expect Blizzard to use his redesign to change up Paris, he hopes that they can take inspiration from it and use some of his ideas for their own internal rework.

So far, there’s no telling when we’ll be able to see the revamped Paris map back in Overwatch, but hopefully, we’ll get our chance before Overwatch 2 eventually releases.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.