Overwatch Adds New Kanezaka Map Alongside Hanzo Challenge (2)

If you are still invested in the colorful hero shooter that is Blizzard’s Overwatch, a free treat awaits in the game. A new free-for-all map in the form of Kanezaka has arrived in Overwatch, and there is more to it than just a new battlefield. The map comes with its own set of challenges as well as cosmetic rewards. The Kanezaka challenge takes place from January 12 to 25, and players can look forward to snagging an icon, spray, and a new Hanzo skin.

Simply win three, six, and nine games respectively, and those rewards are yours. You can even rack up wins across the different Overwatch modes for the Kanezaka challenge. That means matches in Quick Play, Competitive Play, and Arcade mode count towards your progress.


Furthermore, there are rewards via Twitch drops as well. Just tune in and watch your favorite Overwatch streamers during this challenge, and you could be walking away with a bunch of new sprays.

Two hours on streams will grant you one, four hours will see an extra two sprays, and six hours watched will bolster your collection by three more sprays. For those already watching Overwatch streams regularly, this is a nice way to reward your dedication to the game and its community.

Overwatch Adds New Kanezaka Map Alongside Hanzo Challenge (1)

More to come

The new Overwatch map Kanezaka takes its inspiration from Tokyo, Japan. It is also geographically close to the Hanamura map in the game as well. Back in December 2020, game director Jeff Kaplan teased several Easter eggs that would shed more light on the lore in Overwatch 2. Both Hanzo and Genji will get the spotlight, and this new map is likely the first of many teases to come.

With Blizzard actively developing the sequel to Overwatch, we’re set to learn more at BlizzConline this February. In the meantime, you can enjoy more intense battles in Overwatch on the Kanezaka map.

Jake Su
Tactical strategy games are Jake's jam, and defending the Earth from alien and internal threats is just his bread and butter since the 1990s.

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