The latest map preview for Overwatch highlights the new Junkertown Escort map, announcing when fans can take to its dusty streets.
Junkertown is a lawless civilization built upon the wreckage of an Omnium complex in the Australian Outback, following the game’s Omnicrisis event. The town is ruled by The Queen, who has exiled our favorite dastardly heroes Junkrat and Roadhog. The duo—whose friendship was explored through a recent digital comic—devises a clever scheme to get their revenge by disguising a bomb as a treasure-filed peace offering. Before the plan can succeed, the pile of treasure must make it through the town, setting the stage for the map’s Payload objective.
The preview video features developers like game director Jeff Kaplan, lead writer Michael Chu, and sound designer Justin DeCloedt discussing what went into bringing the dilapidation of Junkertown to life. The map is made up of three unique areas, one for each phase of the Payload objective. While the three areas each feature their own aesthetic and sounds, they retain the overall feel of Junkertown.
The end of the preview video confirms the map’s official release date as September 19th, coming free to all platforms. For any PC players too eager to wait, the map can be checked out on the game’s public test region right now.
The map’s launch will likely be accompanied by several balancing adjustments, including the major changes to Mercy and D.Va that are also currently active on the game’s PTR.