Thursday 18 August 2016

Overwatch’s first new map is Eichenwalde, a German castle

A new battleground arrives this September

At Gamescom today, Blizzard revealed the first new map coming to Overwatch. It’s called Eichenwalde and it will be coming to the competitive shooter in September.

Eichenwalde is a hybrid assault/escort map. Players will have to escort a battering ram to Eichenwalde Castle or, if they’re on the opposing team, prevent that battering from reaching its destination.

During a livestream, Blizzard described Eichenwalde as the birthplace of the robot Bastion. Blizzard’s fly-through video of the new map shows a handful of destroyed Bastion robots littered throughout the map. Eichenwalde was also described as having a "very vertical" portion of the map.

Here’s the map’s official description:

The site of one of the most famous battles during the Omnic Crisis, it was here that the leader of the Crusaders, Balderich von Alder, and a handful of his best soldiers made a last stand against an advancing automaton army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the omnic offensive and win the fight.

Later this week, Blizzard will release Overwatch’s next animated short, "The Last Bastion," at Gamescom.

For a closer look at Eichenwalde, check out the gallery of screenshots from Blizzard.

Read the full article here by Polygon

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