Since the release of Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment has tried to make sure that they adequately support their newest IP both by creating new content for the pay to play FPS/MOBA hybrid and nourishing its eSports scene. Since release, a new map, Eichenwald, and two new heroes, Ana and Sombra, have been released. Now, it’s time to try out a new map, called Oasis.
Just like nepal, Lijiang Tower, and Ilios, the new map is a control map. It’s set in an eastern environment, based on the architecture, loosely resembling the style of buildings often found in the Middle East. Just like every other Control Point map, Oasis has three points for you to capture, Garden, City Center, and University.
This map is quite intricate in design, having multiple entry points to the Control point you have to capture. At high levels of organized play, the potential for strategic plays seems to be great indeed on Oasis, which should deliver a lot of exciting games as a result. We should probably ready ourselves for a long-ish wait before Oasis becomes played regularly in Competitive play. As said previously, the map is quite extensive, teams will probably need a lot of time to figure out the best way to play it.
All in all, it’s nice to see that Blizzard Entertainment aren’t sleeping on their laurels, putting every effort into growing the new game both in terms of content, features, and the competitive community, especially with the introduction of the Overwatch League, a (in time) global League of localized Overwatch teams, competing season after season to be the best in the world.
The new content they release to support the League venture will probably make it or break it just as much as the quality of the organizational and structural side of it. If Blizzard Entertainment can somehow make both the community, the players, the teams, and the investors happy while providing new content for their casual player to have fun with, Overwatch could become part of eSports and gaming history overall as one of the best Multiplayer games ever made. The money sunk into the project definitely suggests that it’s what’s intended to be its future, after all.
As for the casual players who just want to shoot stuff, you should love Oasis. It’s sleek, beautiful, well-designed and different enough when going from Control Point to Control Point to not be monotonous enough to get on your nerves.