New Overwatch map, Junkertown, has been in testing on the game’s PTR (Public Test Region) for the past few weeks. Players on PC have been battling within the rough, rundown location, enjoying the chance to learn more about Junkrat and Roadhog’s origins. But it will soon be time for everyone to enjoy the new map.
In a new preview video, the Overwatch team confirmed that the Junkertown release date is September 19, 2017. This is when it will be available to all players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As an Escort map, players will be able to fight hard as they try and move the payload throughout the map, maybe taking in the metallic sights as they go. According to the preview footage, the full release of the map should also include a change to the controversial Junkertown sign, which saw Australians complain about cultural inaccuracy.
The Junkertown map will also allow Overwatch players to learn new information about the game’s lore, which the team describes as “really important” information. The developer explains that Junkertown was created after the Australian government allowed omnics to settle at a site near the country’s ominums (robotic factories). But this decision was controversial as it displaced so many of the people who already worked and lived there – including solar farmers like Roadhog. The misplaced group fought back, retaking the location by blowing it up, before going on to build Junkertown on the wreckage.
Blizzard even reveals the making-of process behind the map. The Overwatch team went to an abandoned ghost town that was so quiet, the team could record a variety of sounds, such as a hand-crank which helped them make the sounds of the payload being moved. The developer even says that Junkertown’s restaurants and stores were designed to make players want to visit and eat there. Given that the new map even comes complete with the sounds of buzzing flies (also recorded at the ghost town), it’s hard to see that foodie appeal.
The arrival of Junkertown is just one of several things that Blizzard is working on right now. Some of the most talked about, forthcoming changes are the major Mercy rework as well as the big changes to D.Va. But beyond that, the developer has plans to inject even more lore into the world for fans to enjoy, so Overwatch fans should watch this space.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.