New ‘Overwatch’ Map Revealed: Eichenwalde

The folks over at Blizzard continue to dole out content at a healthy rate for their multiplayer shooter, Overwatch. The latest addition to the game is the new Overwatch map, the Bavarian-themed Assault/Escort hybrid map dubbed Eichenwalde.

For more information on Eichenwalde’s history, here is the official description provided by Blizzard:

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.

Located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany, Eichenwalde is the home map to two heroes on the Overwatch roster. They’re even featured in a couple frames of the trailer, Bastion’s Origin skin is noticeable in the brewery/kitchen area of the map. Reinhardt’s appearance is a bit more obvious as his remains are slouched on his throne withering away.


The map itself appears to be a flanker’s paradise. With so many elevation changes, it’s expected to be a strong map for heroes who can use that to their advantage. Genji, Reaper, Tracer, and Pharah come to mind. For support players, you’ll need to make sure you are properly positioned and — as always — communication will be key.

Another unique facet to this map is its reverse layout. Eichenwalde will start as a payload with the attacking team escorting a battering ram to breach the castle’s gate. Once inside the match will transition to a capture point.

In the announcement, Blizzard said that the map should be available sometime next month, just in time for the new competitive season of Overwatch. 


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