While the Overwatch League has been keeping a lot of fans busy, there’s still a few other updates coming in January.
Blizzard have now confirmed that the new Blizzard World map will be launching very soon, and will include new Overwatch skins.
The Blizzard World “Grand Opening” event was confirmed on the game’s official Twitter, with a January 23 release date listed.
Game director Jeff Kaplan then provided another big update on the official forums, revealing that the new map and loot box item would be launching together.
That means the new Overwatch skins promised by the development should be arriving next week.
Speaking on the subject of the recent balance changes on the PTR coming into effect, Kaplan explained: “The map and the loot box items will come out together.
“My guess (and this is not a promise… just trying to be real here) is that any balance changes will drop shortly after.
“The map/items are already in console certification but the balance changes have not yet been submitted as we are still evaluating them.”
Kaplan has also been given a little more insight into the launch of the new items, confirming that a lot of the new content will not be related to Blizzard World.
“Yes. Most of the new stuff is NOT Blizzard World related, as a matter of fact. Also, the new stuff is the whole range of items — not just skins… so highlight intros, emotes, sprays etc.
“If you guys really dig the Blizz stuff, then we’ll make more of that in the future… we love doing it.
“There’s stuff for all heroes but not all of it is the same tier. Some will get legendary stuff, some epic etc… A lot of that was based on who has gotten stuff recently and who hasn’t and how many items those heroes had in those categories.”
More news is likely going to be revealed a few days before the launch of the new Blizzard World map, with fans hoping for a new trailer.
Recent news has been dominated by the launch of the new Overwatch League and the special skins fans can buy for it.
The new outfits are now live to download and can be purchased via the new League Token system, which allows players to directly support their favorite team.
Home-team skins are available for all 12 Overwatch League teams and all 26 Overwatch heroes.
To celebrate the launch of the league, each player who logs into Overwatch on PC, PlayStation, or Xbox One between now and February 13 will receive 100 free League Tokens—enough to get one Overwatch League team skin of your choice free.
Each future team-skin purchase will require 100 League Tokens.
LEAGUE TOKENS WILL BE SOLD IN THE FOLLOWING DENOMINATIONS:
- 100 Tokens = USD $4.99
- 200 Tokens = USD $9.99
- 400 Tokens = USD $19.99
- 900 Tokens = USD $39.99
- 2600 Tokens = USD $99.99
It should also be noted that the new League tab allows players to watch the Overwatch League stream via the Overwatch League menu option when games are live.
Fans can also use platforms like Twitch, MLG.com and the MLG app (on iOS and Android), and OverwatchLeague.com.