Three new arena maps are coming to Overwatch next week as part of the Overwatch Anniversary event, and they look awesome.
The official European Overwatch Twitter shared a 30-second video this morning teasing six different scenes from three different arena maps, which will be added to the game when the anniversary event kicks off May 23. These maps will only be playable in the arcade in either 1v1, 3v3, or custom game modes.
The new maps shown in the video look like they’ll take place in three distinct locations that Overwatch players are already semi-familiar with.
The first two scenes take place in bright and sunny Dorado, Mexico, and includes what appears to be Sombra’s home base.
The next two scenes depict a rainy and rundown Eichenwalde, Germany, and may take place down and away from the castle that players have spent countless hours trying to attack and defend.
The final two scenes show a night-time archaeological dig around Anubis, Egypt, home to heroes Ana and Pharah.
At an Overwatch anniversary event in New York City Wednesday, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said that Overwatch‘s maps are used as a tool for storytelling in the Overwatch universe, hinting that more story-related information would be contained inside future maps.
“The maps we have planned for release later this year are heavily story-driven,” Kaplan said.
He didn’t specify whether these new arena maps will be heavily story-driven, but they do take place in areas where a lot of Overwatch‘s background is explored.
Currently, there is only one non-standard map available in the arcade for 1v1 and 3v3 matches, Ecopoint: Antarctica, which was first introduced in December.