Overwatch getting customized recreation browser, Oasis map and new comms wheel in early 2017, a number of heroes, maps and occasions within the works

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Overwatch followers can anticipate 2017 to start with a bang and carry on pumping.

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has supplied a fast spherical up of what Blizzard has deliberate for the hero shooter in early 2017 and past.

As Blizzard has indicated again and again, it’s always engaged on new Overwatch content material akin to heroes, maps and modes – a lot of which doesn’t make it to launch.

At the second, Kaplan mentioned Blizzard has “multiple” new heroes within the works for Overwatch, together with one hero who’s “very promising” and transferring to the artwork pipeline, which signifies “higher confidence” they’ll make it to launch. Additionally, Blizzard has some “fun prototypes” nonetheless within the earlier levels.

The new map Oasis continues to be on observe for a “very early 2017 release”. There are a variety of different maps strung alongside the event course of, too, together with one which the Overwatch staff is “pretty confident” in. Kaplan didn’t need to speak a lot about it right now however mentioned it’s for a conventional recreation mode.

Blizzard has a stack of latest options inbound in early 2017, too, together with an improve to the communications wheel permitting you to hold as much as 4 voice strains, 4 emotes and 4 sprays. To assist encourage customers to hitch Overwatch’s staff chat slightly than social gathering chat, Blizzard is including a management much like the stay-as-group button.

Blizzard “hopes to get to” requested options for spectator mode within the new yr, and expects to launch model 1.zero of its Overwatch customized recreation server browser early on, after which increase on it all year long.

Event-wise, Blizzard expects Overwatch gamers to be shocked by deliberate seasonal occasions. As for Sombra rebalancing, it gained’t occur instantly, as a result of Blizzard believes gamers are simply taking time to grasp her, as they did with Ana, so changes now can be untimely.

Hit the Overwatch 2017 recap video above for extra element on every of those matters.