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Overwatch 2 Lets Twitch Chat Design a New Map – Here's How You Can Get Involved!

December 20th
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Twitch Chat Collaborates with Blizzard to Design New Overwatch 2 Map During Exciting Stream Event

Overwatch 2 Lets Twitch Chat Design a New Map – Here's How You Can Get Involved!

It's time for Twitch chat to get creative and help design a new map for Overwatch 2! On Wednesday, Blizzard will be hosting a "Night of Merry Map Design" stream at 5pm PST, 8pm EST, and 1am GMT, where art director Dion Rogers and Aaron Keller will be working with Twitch chat to build a new map for the game.

But this isn't just any ordinary stream – it's a chance for players to get involved in the game development process and see firsthand how maps are created. It's similar to the popular "Twitch Chat plays" format, where the chat types commands that affect the game on stream. This format has been used in games like Dark Souls, Pokemon, and even Resident Evil 4, but Blizzard is doing things a little differently by inviting players to join in on the map design process.

During the stream, Rogers and Keller will be using internal tools to build the map, and while the chat won't be able to directly impact the editor, they will be able to talk to Rogers and Keller and provide input on the map's design. It's a unique opportunity for players to see behind the scenes and get a glimpse of what goes into creating a new map for the game.

While it's unlikely that the map designed during the stream will be added to Overwatch 2 as a competitive map, it's possible that it could be incorporated into the game in some form in the future. Keller even hinted at the possibility of the map being used as a custom game easter egg that players can enjoy with their friends.

Building maps on stream is typically something that mod teams and indie developers do, but it's not often that a triple-A blockbuster like Overwatch 2 invites players to join in on the process. It's a great step in pulling back the curtain on game development and giving players a chance to see how the sausage is made, so to speak.

Of course, "Twitch Chat plays" can be chaotic, with hundreds or even thousands of people trying to beat bosses, get to different levels, and complete puzzles. It can take several hours to complete, but it's always a fun and entertaining way to play a game.

So, if you're a fan of Overwatch 2 and want to see how a map is created and possibly even have a hand in the process, be sure to tune in to the "Night of Merry Map Design" stream on Wednesday. Who knows – maybe you'll see your ideas come to life in the game. Get ready to join in on the fun and let your creativity shine!

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