Stunning fan-made Overwatch map would take players to the streets of Manila - Dexerto
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Stunning fan-made Overwatch map would take players to the streets of Manila

Published: 6/Jan/2020 16:56

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has made a stunning full map for the game set in the Philippines capital of Manila.

Designed by Overwatch fan Joshua Llorente, the map imagines Manila in the Overwatch universe, blending the futuristic elements of the game’s setting with the architectural style and feel of the real-world city.

The map is created in Unreal Engine 4, but features an Overwatch-style aesthetic and layout that would fit right in alongside the existing range of locations in-game.

Joshua Llortente

Since Overwatch’s release, Blizzard have gradually given players more tools to customize how they want to play the game, most notably with the release of the Workshop. The Workshop is a scripting tool that grants users a huge amount of control to create custom game modes, leading to everything from practice modes to two-dimensional arcade games.

The one thing players don’t have any control over is the environment itself. So far, Blizzard haven’t introduced any way for users to adjust existing maps or create their own, and while introducing such a function would undoubtedly be a lot of work for the developers, this version of Manila demonstrates that fans could produce maps rivalling those of Blizzard themselves.

It’s not entirely clear what game mode the Manila map would be intended for, although with the various narrow streets through which players could battle it seems perhaps best suited for an escort mode of some sort, or perhaps the new ‘Push’ mode that will be introduced with Overwatch 2, and see teams battle to push the objective back and forth through the map in a kind of reverse tug-of-war.

Overwatch 2 is set to introduce a huge variety of new maps, not only for the multiplayer mode of Push, but also for a range of missions that will see the game’s story finally advanced beyond the “recall” that featured in the very first animated short for Overwatch.

While it seems fairly unlikely that Manila will feature in Overwatch 2 – so far, the Philippines hasn’t been featured in the universe’s narrative – and certainly not this version of Manila, it does serve as an impressive demonstration of what could be accomplished should Blizzard ever give fans access to map editing tools within Overwatch.

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.