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Overwatch’s new map, Kanezaka, goes live with a Hanzo in-game challenge

Earn the new Kyogisha Hanzo skin by playing

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Blizzard Entertainment rolled out a new map for Overwatch on Tuesday, the free-for-all deathmatch map known as Kanezaka. The developer has also rolled out a new challenge for players, with a new Hanzo skin and other cosmetics available as free rewards.

Overwatch’s Kanezaka Challenge runs from Jan. 12-25, offering seven unique sprays, a new player icon, and the Kyogisha Hanzo epic skin. Players can earn some of those new cosmetics simply by winning games in Overwatch’s Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade modes.

Here’s the breakdown of rewards:

  • 3 Wins - Pagoda Player Icon
  • 6 Wins - Yōkai Spray
  • 9 Wins - 1 New Epic Skin: Kyogisha Hanzo

Additionally, players can earn six sprays by watching Twitch streamers play Overwatch through Jan. 25. Watching Overwatch streams for two hours offers one new spray, four hours earns players two more, and six hours unlocks three more.

The Kanezaka deathmatch map is set in Tokyo, Japan, just like the existing Hanamura assault map. In fact, Hanamura castle is visible from Kanezaka’s city streets. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said in a developer update released in December that Kanezaka features “a lot of contextual storytelling” and “some Easter eggs and some payoff that’s going to come in Overwatch 2.” So keep an eye peeled.