Six new Overwatch maps and some other “experiments” in the works

With the game coming up on its first anniversary and only two new maps launched in that time, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that, don’t you worry, there’s still lots more content in development, with three more maps “likely” to drop before the year is out.

Responding to questions on the game’s forums, Kaplan explained that they “currently have 3 maps in development, all past the initial playtesting phase that are ‘standard’ maps” for both quickplay and competitive modes, and that “while something could always change, all 3 of those are looking likely for a release this year”.

More intriguingly, however, the team is also busy with three “non-standard” maps (whatever that means…) and also “have a few other experiments going on” (whatever that means…). This presumably includes more special event stuff like the co-op Uprising mode available at the moment and new characters, but maybe not. Overwatch is not exactly predictable.

“Hopefully this will satisfy some of what you’re looking for,” Kaplan added. “We want to play on these maps as badly as you guys do. We’ll work as fast as we can!”

I’m still holding out for something like Monday Night Combat‘s superb – and scandalously underrated – Crossfire mode, in which each team must destroy the other team’s Moneyball. Because that would be super rad.