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Should Overwatch feature its alternate maps more often?

Published: 10/Jun/2019 23:53 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 0:15

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch features alternate versions of some of its maps for Capture the Flag and other Arcade modes, but players are wondering if the alternate maps could be used to give a little variety to Quick Play.

Ever since the Year of the Rooster event in 2017, Blizzard has had alternate day/night maps for Capture the Flag and other modes (like Retribution and Uprising) that let players see the maps in a fresh, different way.

Now, players are wondering why Blizzard doesn’t make the maps available year-round by adding them into the regular Quick Play lineup.

Blizzard EntertainmentSunset on Ilios doesn’t look too bad at all.

Daytime at the Night Market

Usually sunny maps like Nepal and Busan are played at night during Capture the Flag, while Lijiang Tower’s alternate finally lets players see it in daylight.

Reddit user abduktedtemplar suggested in a post that Blizzard should add the alternate map skins to the regular Arcade and Quick Play lineup. Competitive is a different story, since most people agree maps shouldn’t really change there.

“I’ve literally been hoping this would be a feature since the night version of Rialto Archives Mode,” one user wrote. “The maps are so gorgeous at night!”

Adding some variety to the regular lineup of maps might not be too bad of an idea and it seems like an easy way for Blizzard to shake things up for players without really affecting gameplay.

Blizzard EntertainmentIs Lijiang Tower’s Night Market open during the day?

When will we get an actual new Overwatch map?

Havana, the latest Overwatch map, was released during the 2019 Archives event, which at the time of writing, was a little over a month ago, so a new map probably isn’t right around the corner, yet.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan did tease the arrival of Hero 31 sometime later this Summer, but didn’t get any more specific than that, but a new map could be in the works as part of the ‘major new content’ he also mentioned.

With the Replay feature and the Workshop, it seems Blizzard is giving players features they’ve been asking for, but only time will tell if the alternate map skins make it to the regular Quick Play and Arcade rotations.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.