Overwatch 2 is a game that does its best to shine a light on all corners and cultures of the world. You see that in the hero roster, with a wide variety of characters, all with varying backgrounds. This general idea is also reflected in the selection of cards in the game. The original game consisted of levels set in various places. From the crumbling society of Junkertown in Australia to the colorful buildings and waterways of Rialto, Italy, the Overwatch team are always on the lookout for new areas to fight battles. Here are all the confirmed cards in Overwatch 2 that we know so far.
The following maps are confirmed to appear in PvP matches like Quickplay, Competitive, and Arcade modes. These maps will also likely have PvE hero missions attached.
Toronto was revealed at BlizzCon 2019 and is our first look at one of the new PvP game modes coming to Overwatch 2, Push. Teams will accompany a robot back and forth between checkpoints, which will have a tug-of-war effect throughout the match. In Hero Missions, Toronto can launch a Blizzard, obscuring the vision. Toronto will also play a role in the history of Overwatch 2 and appears to be the birthplace of Sojourn.
There are statues of hockey players all over the Toronto map in reference to the Toronto Maple Leafs with rinks and a curling club present in the snowy area. Colorful maple trees are strewn along the streets and individual shops line the trails for which the teams will fight.
Monte Carlo was briefly featured in 2019 and is a reminder of Doomfist, Widowmaker, and Reaper visiting the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco during the Masquerade comic. We saw the bright lights inside the casino and the trails leading up to it, but not much more than that.
It is not known what PvP game mode will be played in Monte Carlo at the time of this writing.
Rome was the first map revealed during BlizzConline 2021 and was inspired by tons of photos taken by an environmental artist on the team while on vacation. The dev team rebuilt broken parts of the city to give it an authentic Overwatch feel. The iconic Roman Colosseum is present, decorated with statues, and the futuristic sunset sky is dotted with flying cars driving home. The design team intended to include an older world feel with its architecture and bring it back to imagine what that environment might look like in an Overwatch world.
We are not aware of the PvP game mode being played on the Rome map as of this writing, but we have spotted a trail that a payload needs to be directed to.
New York City
New York City was the second map revealed during BlizzConline 2021. The map was heavily inspired by The Village and features neon lights, small businesses, a fire station, and a subway. Many iconic architectures and designs from the 1920s and 1950s eras are spotted on the map as you venture through various buildings beneath the skyscrapers that inhabit the outer portions of the map.
We do not know the game mode being played in New York at the time of writing, but we do see characters fighting in a capture point, so it could be a hybrid map since 2CP maps do not ‘not appear in Overwatch 2.
These maps are sure to arrive in the PvE Story Mode in Overwatch 2. While there is a chance that they have alternate versions available for PvP, there has been no confirmation, and we have only seen cinematic history uses them so far.
Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro is Lucio’s home and was revealed in 2019. We saw a giant ship floating above as the Null sector attacks the population below. Lucio enlists Overwatch’s help, and they work together to push back the forces of the Void Sector and save the people of Rio. You’ll battle the battle-torn favelas of the region as a sunset washes the entire area in an orange sea.
Gothenburg, Sweden was originally displayed in 2019 as an Assault Map (or 2CP), but after BlizzConline 2021, it looks like these maps won’t be featured in the main PvP modes of Overwatch 2. Although the card can be re-equipped to fit another PvP mode, it stays in the air. We know for sure that Reinhardt will be visiting the story’s Ironclad Workshop to speak with his longtime friend, Torbjorn, and Bastion, Torb’s new double.
The main draw on the map is Torbjorn’s Workshop, with every aspect inside appealing to its smaller size and the molten core lava that it pulverizes across the field with its ultimate. There are likely more references to her and Briggite’s past in the store that will be revealed upon release.
What we’ve seen of the Indian portion of the story mode so far tells us that Genji is visiting a temple in which Zenyatta resides. In the first Overwatch, we learned that Genji and Zenyatta used to call an omnic monk residence in Nepal their home, but this new temple could be part of the Shambali trying to expand their reach across the world and spread peace between humans and omnics. In some early cutscenes shown, we see Widowmaker and Sombra attacking Zenyatta as Genji steps in and defends his master. It looks like the story mission will focus on escaping Talon’s attack on the temple.
During BlizzConline 2021’s Behind the Scenes stream, we learned that India is one of the biggest maps in Overwatch 2. The temple area is surrounded by plants and it looks like the design team has wanted to push the use of shadows on the inner parts of the map with the sun shining through the various corners and bends of the temple walls.
It’s also important to remember that Symmetra is from India, so there’s a good chance we will see her and the company she works for, Vishkar, in this mission at some point.