Overwatch in 2017: New maps, heroes, modes and more heading to PC, Xbox One and PS4
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Overwatch in 2017: New maps, heroes, modes and more heading to PC, Xbox One and PS4


Get pumped.

Blizzard has teased a host of new content coming to Overwatch in the new year.

Here’s what to expect in 2017 from what many outlets — not Stevivor, but many others — are calling 2016’s shooter of the year.

New maps

Already on the Public Test Realm, the new Oasis map will head to all Overwatch players in the new year. Set in the Iraq desert, many players choose to mess around with background cars — dying at their hand, not driving them or anything — than fighting others.

Director Jeff Kaplan has also confirmed that other maps are in the works, all to be revealed in 2017.

New heroes

Overwatch‘s slow drip-feed of characters will continue into 2017, Kaplan also confirmed.

With “multiple new heroes” on the cards, Kaplan teased that one is nearly ready to join the likes of Sombra, (the newly revealed as queer) Tracer and more.

New (sometimes seasonal) modes

With a Christmas-themed event in full swing, it’s clear Blizzard loves to do timed special events in Overwatch. Don’t expect that to change in 2017.

Kaplan said that while some events may be obvious, with others, “you won’t have any idea… we’re working on.”

More queer representation

While not in the video, below, we have been told by Leader Writer, Michael Chu, to expect “multiple” LGBT heroes.

What better time than 2017?

Overwatch is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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