Overwatch 2’s Season 3 introduces an Antarctic map with fishing (kind of)

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Overwatch 2’s third season is correct across the nook and, as at all times, which means we’re getting a brand new map. Blizzard have handled us to our first have a look at the Antarctic Peninsula, an icy-themed management map launching alongside Season 3 on February seventh. The Antarctic Peninsula is an enormous deal because it’ll delve into Mei’s backstory, it’s the primary pure setting in an OW map, and it allows you to fish. As in catching fish. At an ice gap. As in, you possibly can catch fish at an ice gap in Overwatch 2.

The Overwatch Twitter account launched a 10-second clip of how the Easter egg slash mini-game works. Essentially, the map’s laborious ice flooring include just a few cracks, revealing a pool of water beneath. If you need the fish, shoot them. It seems like one bullet causes a single fish to shoot out, resulting in an amusing eruption of seafood when Tracer unloads her pistols. The fishing is nothing fancy, however I’m the kind of nerd who shoots each champagne bottle whereas ready for a match to start out. This shall be enjoyable for me if nothing else.

Apart from that, Blizzard additionally shared a 30-second tease of the map’s three management factors. This is the primary map within the collection to function a pure setting, so the abundance of chilly blues feels notably totally different. In an interview with Gamespot, Overwatch’s artwork director Dion Rogers expressed curiosity in additional organic-based maps. “We’re excited to discover extra areas just like the jungle or perhaps a full setting that’s a cave,” he mentioned. “It’s completely doable with the brand new engine.”

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In the lead-up to Overwatch 2’s PvE content material, it looks like the workforce’s taking part in round with narrative components in maps, as nicely. Lead narrative designer, Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, teased we’d see extra of Mei’s backstory by the setting. “You can see the Overwatch Icebreaker ship that attempted to return and rescue Mei and her workforce however failed,” he defined. Although he teased a secret on the map that reveals one thing “thrilling concerning the story to return.”

The solely factor we all know concerning the upcoming Season 3 is that it’ll revamp the shooter’s ranked mode so as to add “extra readability within the system”. The full trailer for Season 3 will debut on February sixth. Until then, Overwatch 2 is a free-to-play obtain on Battle.net.

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