Introducing Esperança, Overwatch 2’s newest Push map

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One main promoting level of Overwatch 2 has been the promise of recent maps and fascinating locales for gamers to go to. In betas of the sport, we’ve been despatched to the chilly streets of Toronto and the beachfront bliss of Rio de Janeiro. When early entry opens on Oct. 4, Overwatch 2 gamers shall be whisked to the picturesque–and lifelike–avenues of Esperança, Portugal. 

The Push map leads groups by way of stone and mosaic streets alongside brilliant yellow trolleys and conventional fountains. Tall buildings, painted in white and blue with conventional structure, encompass the paths.

If it seems like an image straight from somebody’s images of residence, that’s as a result of it’s. 

The Overwatch 2 staff’s lead surroundings artist is from Portugal they usually took his lead (in addition to that of different designers from the nation) to create Esperança.

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“I feel it captures a ton of the tradition fairly precisely as a result of the reference is so clear,” mentioned artwork director Dion Rogers. “They actually confirmed us what was nice about the tradition, what [were] the precise issues to construct architecture-wise.” 

Using “tons of trip photos” from the designers, the artwork staff went above and past to create an correct illustration of Portugal. An whole sound staff was despatched out to seize ambient noise and there’s even a room with news enjoying in Portuguese. 

“We’ve discovered a few of our greatest maps come from when we now have an individual on the staff that’s really from the situation,” Rogers mentioned.

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“I actually hope individuals from Portugal see the care that went into it.”

As far because the map’s useful design, Rogers and his staff famous it has intensive locations for flankers and snipers. There’s a “gradual incline” on the map that makes for fascinating interactions. Many of Overwatch 2’s maps, like Circuit Royal and Colosseo, have leaned arduous into verticality and this may be no exception.

For gamers who’re uninterested in seeing the identical two Push maps each week within the Overwatch League, Esperança–which implies “hope”–could give them a brighter outlook for a future full of recent, colourful locations to go to.


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