New Maps and Mode Coming to Overwatch PTR Next Week, Overwatch League eSports Organization in 2017

on November 4, 2016 3:16 PM

With BlizzCon 2016, fans of all things Blizzard are in for plenty of treats for their favorite games, with the company having announced several things to look forward to for the studio’s most recent success, Overwatch.

During the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon 2016 (and fresh off the announcement of the game’s newest character, Sombra), Blizzard announced several new features and content coming to Overwatch into next year.

Specifically, the studio confirmed that a new map called Oasis will be coming to the game in the near future, with the map set in an Arabia location and playable in the Control mode. Along with Oasis, a new mode (Arcade) will be introduced that will allow for 1v1 and 3v3 play against other players, and featuring “a variety of regularly rotating alternate game modes,” different rulesets and variations, and other opportunities for players to earn experience and loot.

Along with the introduction of Arcade Mode, Blizzard will also introduce an additional map called Eco Point, which will be geared specifically toward players in the Arcade Mode and fine-tuned for 1v1 and 3v3 play.

Blizzard confirmed that Arcade Mode and Eco Point will be available to Overwatch players next week in the game’s Public Test Region (along with the new character, Sombra), while Oasis is expected to debut in the game in December.

The last big announcement for new Overwatch content and features from Blizzard was the reveal of the Overwatch League, a new eSports organization from Blizzard that will aim to build the world’s “premier eSports league” by offering the chance for professional players to earn contracts with minimum salaries, benefits, and more.

The Overwatch League will enlist teams that will “represent a major city,” with the company planning to “include additional teams from the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, and the Asia Pacific region.” Blizzard’s aim with the Overwatch League is to ensure that “fans all over the world will have a professional team to root for, and will be able to witness Overwatch played at the highest level.

Tryouts will be offered for teams ahead of the Overwatch League’s debut season in 2017, which players to be evaluated across a number of skills for qualification and to ensure that the best players/teams are assembled.

Overwatch is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC – you can check out several videos below for a closer look at the Overwatch League:

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.