3 new maps are coming to Overwatch this year according to Jeff Kaplan
Hooray for more Overwatch content.
More maps would be arriving for Overwatch this year according to the game’s director, and Blizzard Vice President, Jeff Kaplan as he responds to inquiries regarding the lack of maps for their newest hit title.
In a thread over at the Overwatch forums, user Lalato points out that Blizzard has only released 2 new maps for Overwatch over the span of nearly one year since the game’s launch, which then led to the discussion pointing out how it is a disappointing factor, and as to how creating maps that provide competitive balance may not be all that easy even for companies such as Blizzard.
Jeff Kaplan comes to Blizzard’s rescue, however, and brings new promise to Overwatch fans as he states that there are already 3 maps in the works and are past the initial testing phase, all of which are said to be coming to Overwatch’s Quick Play and Competitive modes and is slated for release within 2017.
We currently have 3 maps in development, all past the initial playtesting phase that are “standard” maps (QP/Comp). While something could always change, all 3 of those are looking likely for a release this year.
In addition to the standard maps, Kaplan also adds that there are 3 more maps being developed, however, these are reserved for non-standard modes, and “a few other experiments going on“, meaning that Blizzard’s Overwatch dev team could be working on not just new maps but possibly new game modes.
Overwatch will soon be celebrating its first anniversary this May and perhaps part of the experiments that Kaplan has teased might involve celebratory events for the game reaching its first year. Overwatch is one of the most successful online games of this generation, easily surpassing the 20 million player mark on a worldwide scale just months after its release and continues to sustain its player base with seasonal content, in-game events, and, of course, Esports.