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

Overwatch 2’s third season is correct across the nook and, as all the time, which means we’re getting a brand new map. Blizzard have handled us to our first take 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 atmosphere in an OW map, and it helps you to fish. As in catching fish. At an ice gap. As in, you may 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. Primarily, the map’s arduous ice flooring comprise a couple of cracks, revealing a pool of water beneath. If you would like the fish, shoot them. It seems to be 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 begin. This can be enjoyable for me if nothing else.

Other than that, Blizzard additionally shared a 30-second tease of the map’s three management factors. That 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 atmosphere that’s a cave,” he mentioned. “It’s completely doable with the brand new engine.”

Within the lead-up to Overwatch 2’s PvE content material, it looks like the crew’s taking part in round with narrative parts in maps, as effectively. Lead narrative designer, Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, teased we’d see extra of Mei’s backstory via the atmosphere. “You possibly can see the Overwatch Icebreaker ship that attempted to come back and rescue Mei and her crew however failed,” he defined. Though he teased a secret on the map that reveals one thing “thrilling in regards to the story to come back.”

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

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