Published on November 16th, 2016 | by admin

Sombra, Arcade, Ecopoint: Antarctica Now Available!

A new patch for Overwatch is now available on all platforms, and contains exciting content including new hero, Sombra; new Arena map, The Arcade; and much more! Below are some of the highlights, more details about all the changes included in this latest update can be found on the Overwatch forum here.


New Hero: Sombra (Offense)

One of the world’s most notorious hackers is stepping out of the shadows: Sombra is a mysterious infiltrator who uses information to control those in power. Sombra is a master manipulator who can hack her enemies, which temporarily blocks their abilities. She also has the capability to hack health packs and Torbjorn’s turret, making them useless to her opponents. Sombra can also get into position using her Thermoptic Camo, which allows her to become invisible and move more quickly for short periods of time, however, she’s instantly revealed if she takes damage or attacks an enemy. Sombra has a Translocator, which can be tossed like a grenade, and when activated, teleports her to its location (even while it’s in flight). Her ultimate ability, EMP, discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, hacking anyone caught within range and destroying enemy barriers and shields. To learn more about Sombra, click here.

New Feature: The Arcade!

Discover brand new ways to play Overwatch in the Arcade. Choose from a variety of regularly rotating game modes, maps, and rulesets that don’t quite fit into Quick Play or Competitive Play. Whether it’s 1-on-1 duels, 3-vs-3 skirmishes, an alternating selection of brawls, or special rulesets like “no hero switching,”, players should have no problem finding a game that fits their mood. Experience is earned just like any other mode, but players can also earn Arcade-specific rewards, like Loot Boxes!

New Arena Map: Ecopoint: Antarctica

Bundle up for a journey to Ecopoint: Antarctica, the former Overwatch location where climatologist Mei-Ling Zhou was once stationed. While researching severe weather anomalies in the region, the station was hit by an intense polar storm. Running out of options and low on supplies, the team decided to cryogenically freeze themselves until the storm passed. They believed that it would only be for a few months, but Mei awoke nearly a decade later. Ecopoint: Antarctica is a compact new Arena map that features multiple new game modes, including a 3-vs-3 battle and 1-on-1 duel.

Season 3 of Competitive Play

Competitive Play’s second season will end on November 24 at 11:00am AEDT, and the third season will begin on December 1 at 11am AEDT. During the week-long off season, players will still be able to queue for matches using the Competitive Play ruleset, but their skill rating will not be affected, and no Competitive Points will be awarded. We’ve also made a few adjustments to the skill rating system for season 3; players will be distributed more broadly across the skill tiers, which means that season 3 ratings will probably be lower than the previous season.

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