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Overwatch Blizzard World map "very soon", hero 27 in internal testing


Stubbly Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has given a rough overview of what’s coming to the game in 2018. (He also sat in a chair next to a fireplace for 10 hours for a Christmas livestream on Twitch, which is brilliant.)

We won’t have long to wait. Closest at hand are the launch of new map Blizzard World, this year’s Chinese New Year event and new non-event, permanent content for loot boxes.

“We’re going to release Blizzard World very soon … and that map is one of our best,” said Kaplan. He didn’t mention a specific date but Blizzard World has been on the Public Test Realm since November so should be nearly ready to go.

Last year’s Chinese New Year Overwatch event kicked off 24th January, a few days before the actual Chinese New Year. This year, however, Chinese New Year begins 16th February, so the Overwatch event may be held back until closer to the time. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and, “There’s some pretty significant content that players are going to be very happy with,” Kaplan said.

Regarding loot box content, Kaplan said: “Speaking of skins, the feedback we always get from the players is, ‘We wish you would add more content to the base, non-event loot box.’ Coming up very soon, hopefully sometime this month, will be a ton of new content into that base loot box.”