New Ayutthaya Map, CTF Mode and More

08 February, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Elena Summers
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Last night Blizzard dropped a developer update for Overwatch's much anticipated upcoming Lunar New Year Event, Year of the Dog. The new map, Ayutthaya, is based in Thailand and is designed specifically to meet the needs of a capture the flag style game type.

"We found that by doing this the rate of capture is much higher", Kaplan said. We want to get rid of draws, we know that they're not very exciting and they can feel very anticlimactic. Speaking of Capture the Flag, Epic has done a bit of poking and prodding with this mode, with draws now removed in favour of a sudden death mechanic. Kaplan explains: "What will happen is both teams' flags are moved closer to the center of the map and then the map resumes at that point and the teams will go for the flags and then they only have a very short distance to cap".

Blizzard is also sprucing up the the mode's rules and mechanics.

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In an attempt to even further balance the mode, heroes with abilities that increase mobility (such as LĂșcio, Soldier: 76, and Winston) will no longer be able to use those abilities to their advantage when capturing the flag. Join game director Jeff Kaplan as he talks about what to expect from this year's festivities-including a new Capture the Flag competitive mode, new Capture the Flag map, over 50 new seasonal items, and more. Due to this change, Winston using his jump pack will drop the flag, and Zenyatta can not use his ult to quickly carry the flag. "It's the first map that we've ever built specifically for capture the flag". The Overwatch Year of the Dog kicks off tomorrow. Much like the LĂșcioball competitive season from the Summer Games event, players who rank will receive unique sprays and player icons, as well as animated versions that can be attained by placing in the Top 500. They help break up the year and make the game feel alive, give fan artists a boost of inspiration with new skins, and generally just exude an aura of celebration.

Speaking of skins, lastly, and for some players most importantly, Kaplan revealed that there will be six legendary skins that will roll out with the Year of the Dog event, including one each for Mercy and Genji. You can play Overwatch now on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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