Gamescom has been a treasure trove of information over the past few days, and Overwatch is no different. Today’s full conference confirmed a number of details for the future of the online shooter, starting with a new map. We’re going to the home of our favourite Australian outlaws Junkrat and Roadhog as we visit Junkertown. Set against the everpresent aftermath of the human/omnic war, which hit the Australian Outback especially hard, the map features a host of houses and workshops which evoke a similar feel to that of gearbox’s Borderlands series. It will be a new escort map, and whilst we don’t have a confirmed release date, the lead time’s are usually pretty short.
Also announced today were a few changes to Overwatch’s competitive modes. You can check out the video below featuring Jeff Kaplan’s full discussion, but in summary competitive season’s are becoming shorter, finishing up after two months rather than three. This is designed to keep play level and player activity at a higher level for longer as payer’s tended to drift away as the season ran on. This has also led to a few changes in how points and rewards will be spread out over the course of games, seasons and years, although the exact details of this haven’t been shared as of yet.