Overwatch invites players to square off for deathmatches in the sunny resort town of Malevento


What do you like in a resort destination? Is it sunny vistas? Lovely shops? Comfortable places to relax? Or maybe you prefer excellent sight lines to your enemies and opportunities to flank the opposing team. Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation spot, Overwatch’s new deathmatch map Malevento has it all.

The new map, which is now officially live after after a PTS round in the beginning of September, boasts a variety of features for players to consider, including a variety of alleyways that offer up flanking opportunities, what is described as high verticality to let characters like Pharah or Hanzo shine just a bit more, and larger open areas for straight-up brawling. According to one of the game’s senior level designers, Malevento was created with the idea of making “a rock-paper-scissors balance with the flying, hitscan, and flanking heroes.”

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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