GamesCom 2016 – Overwatch new Map Eichenwalde

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the newest Overwatch map based in Germany — Eichenwalde — which is coming this September to live realms. A small town in the forest with a majestic castle. This is the forest where Bastion comes from.

“Eichenwalde is an Assault/Escort hybrid map set in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.

The site of one of the most famous battles during the Omnic Crisis, it was here that the leader of the Crusaders, Balderich von Alder, and a handful of his best soldiers made a last stand against an advancing automaton army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the omnic offensive and win the fight.

On this map, one team must escort a battering ram to Eichenwalde Castle to reclaim Balderich’s remains from their current resting place, while the opposing team does everything in its power to thwart the keep from being breached.”

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Map Video

The video shows Eichenwalde’s outdoor areas, where we can see the devastation caused during the Omnic Crisis war, as well as carcasses of the omnics destroyed by the denizens defending the town.

We can see the outdoor views of the castle, and some of the buildings; as well as, interior views of some of the buildings (like a clockwork shop (Uhrenkeller), a coffee shop, a beer distillery — possibly the one with the sign: Brauerei Mittagskrug, the Jagdhutte Edelweiß tavern, and the castle — which also shows the remains of Balderich von Alder (wearing an armor similar to Reinhardt– in a position that resembles the Skeleton King).

This new map allows us to climb the castle via stairs to reach the main objective. The payload in this case is a mechanical ram that the attacking party needs to use to break open the castle’s drawbridge (one of the checkpoints).

Eichenwalde is prone to be a great map for snipers, and for ambushes. The castle’s interior has good points for assembling an unsuspecting turret, or to call it’s a high noon.

 

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GamesCom Preview Livestream Transcript

During the GamesCom 2016 Preview livestream, hostess Soe Penski interviewed Geoff Goodman (Principal designer) and Aaron Keller (lead system designer) to discuss the newest Eichenwalde map.

SOE: Blizzard is known for its regular content updates for basically all its games. Is there going to be new content today?

Geoff: When we started working on the project, we had all these ideas we wanted to put in the box and we wanted to make this a great game. We had lots of ideas, we aren’t short of ideas (that’s for sure); and the community isn’t short on ideas, so it’s really great.

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SOE: Talking about new content, you really released the Summer Games. Can you maybe tell us a little more about that?

Aaron: We are really excited to have the Summer Games. That’s part of Overwatch now. The Summer Games take place in Brazil, and it features Brazilian hero Lúcio. The other thing that the Summer Games has is a whole kit of new content. There are new skins, there are new sprays, there are new emotes, we have legendary skins that are very appropriately themed for Tracer, and Zarya, and for Lúcio. The skins and the rest of this content are only available while the Summer Games is active. So if you wanted, I encourage you to logon and start playing, and get that content. If you like to see what’s in Summer Games, I think we are going to blow you away in the future.

 

SOE: What will you guys be showing us at GamesCom this year?

Aaron: We are really excited to announce our first new map for Overwatch: Eichenwalde. It takes place in a German castle, in a small german town in the middle of the black forest.

 

SOE: Why did you guys choose this location, and how does it tie into with the whole Overwatch world?

Aaron: There is a lot of story behind this map, and just like all the other maps that we have in the world, we try to build a world up around them; because we are so committed to Overwatch as a universe; and in this town that you will see in Germany in the castle is instantly recognizable. It kinda just delivers its own fantasy just by running around this map; and so, we want our map to convey these perfect fantasies around the world. The other thing is that we wanted to have some gameplay that we haven’t done before on some of our maps.

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Aaron: So the middle part of this maps is very vertical, and it all kinda takes place in spirals around this castle, and you have to kinda cross a drawbridge at the end of it; and lastly, this map is playable right now at GamesCom. So stop over at the Overwatch booth if you want to see it, and it will go live this September. Also we have a skin, in the game for Bastion, that kinda looks like he has come from a forest. Well, this is the forest somwhere. Well, this is the forest where Bastion came from.

 

GAMESCOM 2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Heroes of the Storm: Machines of War Announcement
2. Overwatch New Map: Eichenwald Announcement
3. World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan Announcement
4. Overwatch Animated Short: Last Bastion
5. Alark (Talents) | Heroes of the Storm: Machines of War
6. Zarya (Talents) | Heroes of the Storm: Machines of War
DEVELOPER INTERVIEWS
1. Muselk chat with Aaron Keller (Overwatch) | Eichenwald Revealed | 5-hour Gameplay VOD
2. Lowko chat with Matt Morris (StarCraft) | Watch the VOD
3. chu8 chat with Travis McGeathy (Heroes of the Storm) | Watch the VOD
4. Thijs - chat with Peter Whalen (Hearthstone) | Watch the VOD
5. FatbossTV - chat with Ion Hazzikostas (Warcraft) | Watch the VOD
6. Slootbag - Dungeon Challenge with Ion Hazzikostas (Warcraft) | Watch the VOD
7. Grubby chat with Kaeo Milker (Heroes of the Storm) | Watch the VOD
8. Lothar chat with Peter Whalen (Hearthstone) | Watch the VOD
9. Savjz chat with Peter Whalen (Hearthstone) | Watch the VOD

 

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