Today Overwatch has released a new control map on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The map, titled Oasis, is set in a futuristic, Arabic inspired city. The release trailer for the map shows what looks to be a lively city full of various location that are perfect for a control type game mode. There even seems to be moving traffic within the city, which will sure be utilized to create even more challenges for players.

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An image of of Oasis, showing streets and futuristic structures

As of yesterday (1/2/2017), the most recent “Winter Wonderland” event has come to an end. I hope that everyone was able to get there hands on some of the unique skins and other loot box items. Since there was only a limited time to acquire the winter and holiday themed gear, now that the event is closed, there will be no other chances to earn a Winter Wonderland loot box. However, there are sure to be plenty more events in the future.

OverwatchIn other Overwatch news, Blizzard released a new comic along with the winter event. It is titled “Reflections”, and is also holiday themed. The comic featured everyone’s favorite speedster, Tracer. The main story remained fairly simple, however, there was a bit of a twist. It was revealed that Tracer has a girlfriend named Emily. After this discovery, the comic received major attention for all the right reasons. Tracer is Overwatch’s first LGBTQ characters and is one of the few major video game characters that falls into that spectrum. Part of the beauty of this reveal is the fact that the Blizzard and Overwatch teams are able to drop this kind of information on a whim. These comics give players further insight into the lives of the characters that they have already grown to love simply by playing as them. The unique delivery of character backstory (and possible future character releases) gives Blizzard complete freedom to drop information, like what was just released about Tracer, without creating any sort of controversy. It is such a simple and effective way to create characters that keep growing past their in-game personas.

New map developments, event conclusions, and character backstories only goes to show that Overwatch remains an ever-growing universe that does not show signs of slowing down. Since all of the events, maps, characters, and origin comics have been free thus far, there is no reason not to indulge in the world of Overwatch and see what Blizzard has in store for the future.