Sep 19, 2016
Overwatch is a amazing competitive game. We can all agree on that. But while in casual play I think we should allow the player to toggle minimap on/off.
The minimap will show the location of the heath packs as well as the location of your teammates (never your enemy)
You should be able to tell which floor you are on by looking at the minimap.
Purpose of Minimap:
To help new players learn. Sure the maps are small. BUT to a new player who just joined the game its huge. Its fast and thus the ability to turn it on/off would help them get better at the game. Its a tool to learn and prepare for competitive.
While in competitive it would remain off.
To grow the community and to help new players learn, I would like the community to support/ improve upon it, thank you.
Sep 19, 2016
We don't have any plans for adding a mini-map to the game. Eventually, we would like to add a map for Observers in esport broadcasting but this is a ways off.
Our reasoning for not adding a minimap is that players claim they want this to solve navigation issues but more often than not, minimaps in FPS with small maps like OW do not actually help you learn the map much quicker than just playing it a few times. What tends to happen is players demand more and more information on the minimap (enemies in particular). What was originally intended to "help newer players" actually becomes a very high skill player tool (ask a MOBA or COD player how important the minimap is to competitive play).
We definitely agree that helping newer players learn maps is a worthy cause. We just disagree that adding a minimap to the game is the proper solution.
Archive Notes - Last Updated: Feb 7th, 2020
The spectator map feature is now live in Overwatch specator tools including Custom Game, the Replay Tool and the Overwatch League & World Cup Replay Viewers.