Overwatch PC players will want to keep an eye out for the game’s new Rialto map, as it is finally being added to the game’s public test region later today, April 19th. Hey, depending on when you’re reading this, it could already be out.
Rialto was first announced as part of the game’s new Archives event. While the map has started as the home of the event’s Retribution cooperative game mode, Blizzard promised it would be added to the game as a competitive map sometime soon. Well, today apparently counts as “sometime soon.”
Rialto will be a pure Payload map, aka Escort, set in Venice, Italy. The competitive version of Rialto will take place during the day, as fans can see in the image above, instead of the cooperative mode’s night setting. Considering the map’s layout in the Retribution mode, it won’t be able to translate point-for-point to a competitive Payload map, as there are areas that wouldn’t allow a Payload to pass through. It’ll be interesting to see how the map is adjusted to accommodate the competitive mode.
No word yet on when to expect the map in the full game, but as new content is generally tested on the PTR for two to three weeks, all players should expect to be playing it sometime in early May. Ideally, the map will launch alongside the Hanzo changes that are planned to hit the test server soon.
In other Retribution news, the mode was recently updated to prevent clueless players from failing the mission for their team by letting the mode’s end-mission dropship leave their incapacitated butts behind.