Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Maps And Dance Emotes


With next week’s one year anniversary taking place, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing a new event for Overwatch next week that will introduce a series of new maps and other goodies. And today, we’ve gotten a few teasers that indicate just what’s coming our way.

The European account for Overwatch has teased which maps will be getting a makeover when the event starts next week, and based upon what we’ve seen thus far, they’ll be based on certain favorites, including Eichenwalde, Anubis and Dorado. A Youtube video showcasing the three maps has been included below.

On top of that, Jeff Kaplan, the game director for Overwatch, also made note that some standard Loot Boxes could very well be upgraded in time for next week’s event, featuring a number of fan-requested goodies. These possibly include the laughing and sitting emotes for characters like Sombra and Orisa, as well as Reaper’s shrug, like he performs in the Uprising comic book, and a new emote for Tracer. These have yet to be confirmed, but they’re sounding pretty certain.

As if that weren’t enough, the Latin American Overwatch Twitter account had its own fair share of teases, in the form of several dance emotes that could be introduced to the game. There are quite a few varied ones featured, which you’ll find in the video below.

Last but definitely not least, Kaplan, speaking with Polygon, was asked about the possibility of the game getting some sort of expansion, instead of just the usual add-on content that players are seeing nowadays. He responded, “I think an expansion pack or a sequel could be cool, I don’t know what that is today. We don’t have an idea where it’s like, ‘Oh okay, I totally know what it is.’ What I don’t like is the concept of splitting up the player-base – I don’t like the idea that some of us can play on this map or that some of us can or some of us can’t play with these heroes and some of us can’t. Just the way that Overwatch was designed, that doesn’t really work.”

We’ll see just what Blizzard has in mind for Overwatch’s first year anniversary celebration in just a little while, when first details become available shortly.

Overwatch is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.