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Overwatch Patch: New Skins, Map and Game Modes

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A new patch was dropped last night containing a huge number of additions to the Overwatch beta. This is one of the larger patches being added and it shows exactly how well the team are listening to the feedback from the community. Check out the latest additions!


The first notable addition is a brand new map being added to the game: Route 66. The map is based on an abandoned version of the street in America. A gang recently performed a heist on a military train carrying an important load. Escort the payload through the canyon and make sure it arrives safely.

Blizzard Icon Route 66

 

New Escort Map: Route 66

 

Though the travelers and road trippers who used to cross the US on historic Route 66 are gone, the Main Street of America still stands, a testament to a simpler time. The gas stations, roadside shops, and cafes have gone into disuse, and the fabled Deadlock Gorge is mostly seen from the comfort of transcontinental train cars. But amid the fading monuments of that earlier era, the outlaws of the Deadlock Gang are planning their biggest heist yet.

 

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The next new addition is a brand new play mode, similar to that of the weekly brawls we see in Hearthstone. The rules will change weekly, with this week's brawl seeing players only having Hanzo and Genji available. 

Blizzard Icon Weekly Brawl

 

New Play Mode: Weekly Brawl!

 

Similar to its namesake feature in Hearthstone, Weekly Brawls are a fun, alternative way to play Overwatch. Each week, we’ll rotate in a different Weekly Brawl featuring a set of unique (and sometimes crazy) rules from our Custom Game system. 

For example: In one Weekly Brawl, you’ll only be able to play Soldier: 76, while in another Weekly Brawl, a random hero will be selected for you each time you respawn. Other Weekly Brawls will restrict you to Support heroes only, or Tank heroes only, or Defense heroes only—and more! 

To join a Weekly Brawl, select "Play" from the main menu and then select "Weekly Brawl!" You can queue up solo or in a party, and you’ll be matched into a 6v6 game versus other players. 

>> NOTE: For the purposes of testing, Weekly Brawls are currently set to rotate once per day rather than once per week. This cadence is for the beta only and will be return to its normally-scheduled weekly rotation in the near future. <<

Developer comments: We love the Tavern Brawl system in Hearthstone and are excited to bring a similar style of play into Overwatch. However, even though we think Weekly Brawls can add a lot of fun to the game, the feature is still a work in progress and something we consider more of an experiment for now. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy testing the sample Weekly Brawls we’ve set up and look forward to your feedback!

 

(source)


There have also been a set of new legendary skins added to the game, listed below. You can click on each one to find an image of them.

There are more changes listed on the official patch notes, so make sure to go check them out here.

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