Blizzard Adds References to Mei's Animated Short on Ecopoint: Antarctica Map

Blizzard Adds References to Mei's Animated Short on Ecopoint: Antarctica Map

Nothin' like the coffee mugs of dead colleagues for a dose of environmental storytelling!

Overwatch is going through a lot of changes. A new map is on the way. Mercy's getting a new Ultimate ability. D.Va's getting nerf'd in one way, but buffed in another. But Blizzard also quietly ushered in another change: some new details on the Overwatch map Ecopoint.

The details spotted on Reddit are tethered to another recent Overwatch-related occurrence: they're themed after Mei's recent animated short. The animated short gives a bit of context for Mei's existence in the Overwatch world. She was a researcher on Antarctica, went into cryogenic sleep for nearly a decade, only to wake up and find out that her companions' pods all malfunctioned. She was the only one who lived. With her wits and her cute robot Snowball at her side, she managed to construct her own gun and live to see another day.

The Ecopoint map has a sad addition to it now: there's coffee mugs of Mei's deceased companions lying in front of all their pods, just like in the short. Mei's pod is open, signifying that she was able to escape unscathed.

This isn't the first time Blizzard's amended their maps to reflect things from elsewhere. On the Numbani map, the map was patched this year to show Doomfist's gauntlet stolen from the payload, and the airport was smashed to bits allegedly by the then-unknown villain. On Lijiang Tower: Control Center, a spacesuit on display has a memorial for an Overwatch fan who died in pursuit of a motorcycle thief.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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