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D.Va gets a new map and animated short at Gamescom 2018

Good news D.Va mains! Everyone’s favourite mech pilot and former professional gamer has received a new map and animated short as part of Blizzard’s Gamescom 2018 announcements. 

If you’re not into the extended universe of Overwatch, then the new map is probably the more exciting announcement here.

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Called ‘Busan’, the new map is based around South Korea’s second-biggest city. Blizzard’s trailer shows off a new control map, which varies between several different locations including a temple, a more modern MEKA Base, and a more urban downtown area.

If you’d like to check the map out for yourself, then it’s available to play right now on Overwatch’s test servers, where it’s likely to be tweaked over the coming weeks until it’s ready to be rolled into the full version of the game.

You can get a better look at the map in the trailer below.

Finally D.Va’s latest short, titled ‘Shooting Star’, examines the light-hearted character through a much darker lens. I’ve never delved too far into the lore surrounding Overwatch personally, but this latest animated short is every bit as well-produced as Blizzard’s previous efforts.

Two years (and counting) of updates

Although the eSports success of Overwatch has presumably made it a very profitable game to continue updating, Blizzard has made a habit of supporting its games with years of updates ever since the 90s.

For example the original StarCraft (first released all the way back in 1998) received its 1.22 patch earlier this year in 2018, while 2000’s Diablo 2 was updated to version 1.14d in 2016.

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Let’s not forget that World of Warcraft is still going strong after 14 years with a new expansion, Battle for Azeroth, launching just last week. In comparison, Overwatch seems like a much more recent release, but it’s still great to see such regular free content arriving for players.

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