Blizzard World, a new Blizzard-themed multiplayer map, was supposed to release “very early” this year for Overwatch. It has been available on the Public Test Region (PTR) since November and the community was almost certain that the live servers would receive it as soon as the new year starts.
Posting on the official forums earlier today, game director Jeff Kaplan stated that there will be a slight delay in the schedule. Blizzard World still needs a bit of time and hence, it will not be released this week. The developer is still waving the early-this-year flag and so we can hope that the new map sees the light of day later this month by the latest.
“We’re glad that you all are so excited for Blizzard World,” Kaplan wrote. “The map is almost ready for release but not quite there yet. It won’t be out this week but we are committed to releasing it very early this year!”
Blizzard World was revealed at BlizzCon 2017 and strings together all the major flagships of the company. The theme park features several references and Easter eggs for World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo, StarCraft, and Hearthstone. The hybrid map is filled to the brim with nostalgia and so far, those who have gained access have greatly enjoyed their stay.
Elsewhere, the next hero for Overwatch is already undergoing internal testing. The upcoming inclusion to the roster is teased to be a much-needed one, perhaps indicating that the hero will excel in defensive/tanking capabilities.