Blizzard has just released the biggest update for Overwatch 2 known as Invasion. This update includes the highly anticipated Flashpoint game mode, as well as a new support hero and several PvE story levels.
Flashpoint is the first new game mode since the controversial addition of Push, which has been criticized for long periods of inactivity. Flashpoint takes inspiration from the Call of Duty Headquarters Pro game mode and offers a refreshing change for Overwatch players who have been playing the same maps and modes for the past 10 months. Unlike Push, Flashpoint offers a more dynamic and fun gaming experience. Existing maps have been designed with multiple flanking routes and constantly changing capture points, making them more strategic and dynamic.
One of the main criticisms of Push was the long travel time from spawn points to the scene. Flashpoint also has moments of inactivity, but Blizzard is working on fine-tuning spawn points and map layouts for the mode. The New Junk City and Suravasa maps in Flashpoint are the largest maps ever designed by the Overwatch team, which can create problems for support players who have to travel long distances to rendezvous with their teams.
Flashpoint currently exists in Overwatch 2’s Quick Play and Arcade modes, allowing players to experiment with the new mode. However, as players become more familiar with detailed map design, the real test of Flashpoint’s design will come when it’s added to Overwatch competitive play and league.
Overall, Flashpoint makes an exciting change and offers a more strategic and dynamic gameplay compared to Push. With an innovative map design and multiple entry points, Flashpoint could become a favorite among Overwatch players once it is fully accepted in competitive settings.