While new hero Sojourn and hero balances have been getting most of the spotlight in Overwatch 2, there are also new maps and map updates to explore in the Overwatch 2 beta. Unfortunately, a lot of the map updates have not been a hit with the Overwatch fandom.
Overwatch players have been underwhelmed by the map changes in Overwatch 2, which have mostly been cosmetic. But there are reasons behind these seemingly simple changes that have an actual competitive impact, reducing or improving visions in certain tricky spots. Here are all the map changes in the Overwatch 2 beta.
Overwatch 2 recycles a lot of maps from Overwatch 1, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The trouble is that Overwatch 2 is also getting a fairly significant gameplay shakeup from the original. This will likely yield some bigger changes to familiar maps but for now, that’s not the case. Here’s what has changed in the Overwatch 2 beta.
Ilios has a more orange tone now thanks to its new evening setting. The sunset has given Ilios a sun-kissed look that matches the Greece-inspired location.
While King’s Row has switched to daytime, the map is still on the darker side thanks to narrow streets surrounded by tall buildings. The city takes on a more sinister feeling since it seems totally abandoned during the middle of the day.
Dorado has changed to daytime, which is quite jarring from its previous look. Unlike other maps, Dorado is full of activity mid-day, including confetti and other hints of a celebration. This version of Dorado has been seen before in the “Hero” animated short.
This complex map has been given a new challenge with nighttime lighting. Oasis now takes place late at night, removing the previously harsh sun. The dimly lit map is the perfect location for flanking, so players will have to stay alert.
Once dark blue due to being nighttime, Lijiang Tower is now bright from the early morning sunrise. This gives the map a lot of dramatic shadowing, especially the buildings. But the sky is a lot clearer than before.
The abandoned, large city takes on an orange tint thanks to the sunset. It feels more dramatic thanks to the new lighting, similar to how it appeared in the “Honor and Glory” cinematic.
Route 66 is totally different at night. Usually a dry, sunny, desert-like atmosphere, Route 66 is now a creepy backroad at night. The burning train will light players’ way in an otherwise dim environment.