“THIS IS NO CASTLE! …It’s a tomb..”
This vary line by the German in huge knight armour Reinhardt was datamined by crafty Overwatch players weeks ago, that has the community speculating for a new map based in Germany. And what a fitting reveal it was for Gamescom, taking place in Berlin currently, to reveal the latest map for the game: Eichenwalde (pronnounced “ayy- ken- wal-de”, or “aikenwalde”).
Take a look at the
castle tomb map in the trailer below.
Lore-wise, Reinhardt was not kidding. It really is a tomb. The city outskirts are littered with dead Bastion units (that should make people happy, or sentimental when The Last Bastion animation hits tomorrow), with the remains of Balderic von Alder still sitting on the throne of the castle.
The YouTube video hammers down the point:
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.
In terms of gameplay, this will be an Assault/Escort hybrid map. But interestingly, from the looks of it, there will be a twist. Attackers will be escorting a payload that is a battering ram, that will open the castle’s gates. The throne room looks to be a capture point. So this is something different from current hybrid maps where you need to capture the first point and then push the payload (like King’s Row, Numbani and Hollywood).
UPDATE 17/08/16: (Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to this post on the Blizzard forums, it is as stated, an Assault/Escort hybrid map. Capture first point, then push the payload).
We will know for sure soon enough, as the map is playable on the show floor and streams of gameplay will be available soon. Expect to see Eichenwalde in the map rotation (which currently sits at only 12) in an update in September, available for free.