Overwatch – New Map, Animated Short, and D.Va Skin

At this years Gamescom, we got some fantastic new announcements from the Overwatch team. Not only did we get a new animated short as predicted, but with it came a new map and skin! What makes these even cooler is how they all connect. Since the new map is a control point, it comes with three different parts to it. One of the maps is the MEKA base where the animated short takes place, with a few little easter eggs referencing it.

Overwatch New Map – Busan

Busan Sanctuary

The Sanctuary section of Busan is easily the prettiest of the three. This map features beautiful trees and temples, as well as some lovely tiger statues guarding the entrance to various parts of the map. Behind one of the spawns you can see the back of the MEKA base- another map in the trio. Check out screenshots of Busan Sanctuary below!

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Busan MEKA Base

The second map in this small series is where D.Va and her teammates live and work. Featuring a huge open area over the point, this is a great sniping map, and low ceilings make it super easy for Hammond to reposition himself. Another cool thing about this map are the moving walls on each edge of the objective, a mechanic we’ve never seen in a map before. Here it is:

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Busan Downtown

Downtown explores the urban side of Busan, featuring karaoke bars, an arcade, and even a working DDR machine! The buildings each sport bright, flashy ads, showing off the latest in food, drink, and movies. A couple of them have roofs you can stand on, making for excellent sniping perches, with one roof even including a huge inflatable cow (new hero revealed?). Personally, this is my favourite map of the three, and I can’t wait for it to hit the live servers.

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Overwatch – New Animated Short

Overwatch’s highly anticipated new short was released on the same day as the map announcement, this time centred around D.Va and her life in Korea. We also see her friend Daehyun, who’s an engineer (I think) in the MEKA team. Check it out below!

Overwatch – New D.Va Skin

At the very end of the short, we also get a look at an in game render of what looks like a brand new D.Va skin. Judging by the aesthetic, it looks like an Epic rather than a Legendary, purely because it looks like a recolour of the classic. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t look awesome- I can’t wait to fly around Busan looking like a can of Mountain Dew.

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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: What’s New

Overwatch’s annual winter update was released the other day, along with 7 legendary skins a new game mode, and a winterified map! But what exactly do you have to look forward to this year? Find out what’s in Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: Skins

Alpine: 76

soldier winter skin

Soldier’s latest skin is quite possibly the best skin released for him so far! The gun looks sleek and the style is fantastic. Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017 is off to a good start!

Snow Owl

ana winter skin

Ana’s Snow Owl skin. What can we say about it that hasn’t already been said? It’s a brilliant cosmetic, fitting perfectly with the rest of the Overwatch Winter Skin Squad!

Rime

sombra winter skin

Sombra’s ice blue Rime skin is the most supernatural of this years batch, with pointy ears and frosty smoke coming off her. Looks pretty *cool*.

Ice Fisherman

roadhog winter skin

Ice Fisherman, alternatively known as Overwatch’s resident walrus man, is Roadhog’s sweet new skin. It’s an awesome new addition to his roster, as we haven’t seen one for a while!

Avalanche

bastion winter skin

This year, Blizzard has decided to turn Bastion into a snowmobile for the winter event. Or at least, that’s how he looks! The most impressive thing about this skin isn’t any of it’s initial looks though; it’s the fact that in each transformation Bastion goes through, his little winter hat somehow stays on!

Casual

hanzo winter skin

Finally, a new Hanzo skin! No, it isn’t exactly like the reflections’ comic’s version, but it’s good enough!

Beachrat

junkrat winter skin

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: Maps

Just like last year, Blizzard has winterified one of their maps! However, it’s not as huge a re-do as last time, instead opting to give Black Forest a winter makeover! Check out some screenshots down below (yes, the GUI is still there. Unfortunately, Blizzard hasn’t added an option to remove it on PS4 yet, but hopefully it’s added soon! Sorry if it ruins the screenshots a little.).

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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: Mei’s Yeti Hunt

What’s that? This year for Christmas you’d like a new winter themed game mode featuring everyone’s favourite ice demon and a big ol’ monkey scientist? Well, lucky day! This year came not only with sweet new skins, but a whole new game mode too! The 5v1 brawl consists of 5 Meis and 1 Winston, in a fight to the death. Kill the yeti before he can take out your team’s 5 lives, in Blizzard’s Animal Torture Simulation 2017.

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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: Emotes

If you thought this update couldn’t get any better, think again! Blizzard has released another legendary emote, this time for Orisa. Is it adorable? Yes. Is it expensive? Yikes, yes! But is it worth it? Absolutely! And of course, let’s not forget Zen’s new snowflake emote. Even though it’s slightly overshadowed by Orisa’s, it still looks awesome.

We would have uploaded these as video files, but we don’t have videopress (wordpress’ video hosting tool, which you get with one of the plans). If you’d prefer to see them in HD, follow the links below (they open in new tabs)!

 

Orisa Puppy Emote
Orisa’s puppy!

Zenyatta Snowflake Emote

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