Blizzard has been teasing the Overwatch cosmetics update for the past few days in preparation for today’s patch which also includes the new Blizzard World map.
The patch is now live and there is a post on Blizzard’s site showing the new sprays, skins, icons and new highlight intros. The patch notes for today’s update are as follows:
Overwatch Patch Notes 23 January
New Assault/Escort Map: Blizzard World
Relive where you took your first steps in Azeroth, where you confronted the Lord of Terror, and where you spawned your first zerg rush—all of these epic memories come together on Overwatch’s newest Assault/Escort hybrid map, Blizzard World! This theme park brings the magic of Blizzard’s many worlds into one place so your most epic memories can come to life as you attack and defend the payload across Azeroth, Tristram, and the Koprulu Sector.
The Blizzard World map will be disabled in Competitive Play until the start of Season 9. It will be available in Quick Play and Custom Games starting with today’s patch.
Starting now, loot boxes have been infused with over 100 cosmetics inspired by Blizzard World, Overwatch animated shorts, and more! Collect new legendary skins, including: Barbarian Zarya, Black Cat D.Va, Crusader Reinhardt, Ecopoint: Antarctica Mei, Kabuki Hanzo, and emotes such as Mercy’s Parasol, Sombra’s Marioneta, and Tracer’s Bomb Spin. Additionally, players will discover new highlight intros like Bastion’s Reconfigure, Soldier: 76’s Lights Out, Winston’s Roll, and many more.
- Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy on the career profile to be displayed as 100%
- Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Concussive Mine and Steel Trap to disappear if he placed them before using RIP-Tire
In related news, Jeff Kaplan says that balance changes are still be evaluated which is why there’s nothing included in these notes.
The queue to get on the servers us huge so players may want to wait a while until it calms down. No point sitting in a queue with 900 other players in front of you also trying to get on.