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Check out some of Overwatch 2's new PvP maps

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The big news out of today's Overwatch 2 PvP livestream is that competitions will be shrunk from six players per side to five, with teams role-locked to two support, two DPS, and one tank. It's a big change, and one that sparked a lot of conversation, but it wasn't the only thing that Blizzard had to show off. We also got a look at some of the new PvP maps on the way, including New York, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, and Monte Carlo, and a new look for Torbjorn.

Rio's story mission has already been seen, but now we can check out Rio's Escort map:

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New York City is a hybrid PvP map:

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The NYC map also contains a couple of Easter eggs dedicated to former game director Jeff Kaplan. Did you catch them? With a little help from Polygon, here's a hint.

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Rome is designed for the new Push mode, a twist on payload modes that sees two teams fighting to control a robot that pushes barriers back and forth across a map. The mode has undergone a number of changes since it was introduced at BlizzCon in 2019.

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Toronto was also included, but I'm pretty sure we've already seen this one already. Still, as a good Canadian boy I am obligated to include it:

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The highlight of the map showcase was the reveal of the new Monte Carlo map, a gorgeously illuminated Escort map featuring flying yachts, autopilot cars, and opulence as far as the eye can see.

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Blizzard also revealed an updated Overwatch 2 look for Torbjorn, who's "more battle-hardened" for the new game. New changes to the UI and HUD for some heroes, including Mercy and Zenyatta, are also in the works.

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There's still a lot we don't know about Overwatch 2, including a release date, but it seems that Blizzard is finally ready to start showing it off in earnest: More about what's coming in the game will be revealed later this year. If you missed today's Overwatch 2 PvP livestream, you can catch the whole thing below.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.