Overwatch 2 Season 3 Brings New Map, One Punch Man Collab, Asian Mythology Theme, and Text Based Dating Sim
After launching last October, Overwatch 2 is all set to kick off its third piece of content on February 7. This season brings several new aspects of content, including the new Antarctic Control map, Asian Mythic theme and Kiriko Mythic skin. . On top of that, Blizzard has announced several unexpected additions to its Overwatch offerings, including the first IP collaboration as well as a web-based game to coincide with Valentine’s Day.
Antarctica joins the map rotation in Season 3. While players are familiar with the least populated continent on Earth through Ecopoint: Antarctica, this map features unique locations, including a icebreaker and an underground drilling station. The map allows players to follow high-altitude or stealthy routes to achieve their goals.
The general theme of Season 3 is Asian Mythology. By drawing inspiration from the legends of different Asian cultures, Blizzard has created what it considers to be one of the most unique skins to date. One of those skins is on the Premium Battle Pass in the form of the Amaterasu Kiriko Mythic skin, which is inspired by various gods in Japanese mythology. This Mythic skin also features a new look for Kiriko’s soul.
Although our initial impressions of Overwatch 2 are overall high Thanks to the exciting continuation of Overwatch’s formula and gameplay, the more time we spend with the seasonal structure, the less excited we become about logging in each day. Blizzard seems to be aware of the Battle Pass’s impact on some longtime players and is taking some first steps to try and fix it. Season 3’s Battle Pass promises even more rewards for simply logging in and playing, with an additional 10 bonus tiers on the free track, plus 1,500 Credits to be earned to use in the Hero Galleries. The Premium Track also gets an upgrade with 500 more Credits than previous seasons.
Additionally, nearly all Epic and Legendary event hero skins from Overwatch 1 have been added to the Hero Galleries and will be available for purchase with Overwatch Coins or Credits for the lower price of 1,500 Credit (down from 1,900). Blizzard will also be offering four skins that can be earned in addition to the Battle Pass through in-game events. One of those skins that can be earned is Overwatch’s first IP collaboration.
This first collaboration features the popular manga/anime One Punch Man. Fittingly, the hero’s outfit that can beat anyone with a single punch is given to Overwatch’s heavyweight Doomfist. Blizzard said this is only the first collaboration and they want fans to give suggestions for future collaborations.
Finally, Blizzard is launching an unofficial text-based dating sim called Loverwatch. In this web-based game, players can choose between two potential dating paths: Mercy or Genji. Each path has dialogue options for interacting with the Hero of your choice, with help provided by Hanzo/Cupid. If you can unlock the secret ending of this 30-minute dating sim, you’ll be rewarded with a themed Featured Intro. Loverwatch will be available to play right here until the end of February 28.
Overwatch 2 Season 3 begins on February 7th. For more on what Season 3 promises to bring, you can go to the official blog post.