Overwatch has just wrapped up its Uprising event, but fans are already looking forward to the game's next major event. Many are expecting Blizzard to do something special for the game's one year anniversary on May 24th, and if Reddit user and supposed Blizzard QA tester OverwatchOneYearLeak is to be believed, May 24th will bring with it a brand new game mode and three new maps.
According to OverwatchOneYearLeak, Overwatch's three new maps will consist of one new escort map, a new 3v3 map, and then a third map built with the new game mode in mind. The escort map will reportedly have a focus on close-quarters combat, whereas the 3v3 map will be the exact opposite of Ecopoint: Antarctica, sporting a desert setting and jump pads.
OverwatchOneYearLeak didn't share details about the third map beyond that it will supposedly be built specifically for the new game mode. The new game mode, said to be inspired by Payload Race from Team Fortress 2, is called Dual Escort, and will have both teams trying to push the payload to either side of the map to win. While this mode will start with one map, OverwatchOneYearLeak claims that older maps will be adapted to support it at some point as well.
Before fans get too excited, though, it's worth noting that none of this information has been confirmed by Blizzard, and OverwatchOneYearLeak's posts have been deleted from Reddit, apparently because his identity wasn't confirmed by the site's moderators. Therefore, there is a possibility that OverwatchOneYearLeak isn't telling the truth, and so this information should be taken with a massive grain of salt.
Having said that, it's not completely out of the question that what OverwatchOneYearLeak is claiming is true. After all, we know that there are at least six new maps in the works at Overwatch right now, so it's not completely farfetched that Blizzard will release three of them to celebrate the game's one year anniversary during a special event.
If anything, Overwatch having an event on its anniversary that introduces a new game mode is in line with how Blizzard has handled events in the past. All the in-game events so far have brought a new game mode to the table, including permanent additions like Capture the Flag and temporary modes like Junkenstein's Revenge, so it would make sense for the one year anniversary event – if one is happening at all – to also have a new game mode. Overwatch getting three new maps at the same time is harder to believe, but still not outside the realm of possibility. Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out if there's any truth to OverwatchOneYearLeak's claims.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.