Dorado

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Dorado
Dorado-streets2.jpg

Type
Escort
Location
Mexico
Terrain
Town street

Dorado is an Escort map in Overwatch.

Official Description[edit | edit source]

It is Festival de la Luz in Dorado, an annual celebration of the end of the Omnic Crisis and the period of darkness – both figurative and literal – that engulfed Mexico when the omnics destroyed much of the country’s power grid and infrastructure. But there is a new dawn, as LumériCo and its CEO, war hero and former president Guillermo Portero, are unveiling a string of fusion plants that promise to deliver clean, free energy to the Mexican people.

The attacking team begins in Missión Dorado, a historic location famous for the sound of the ornamental bells that hang amidst its arches.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Dorado's location

Dorado is a city in Mexico[2] set high above a sweeping bay. The city is powered by gigantic ziggurats, which can be seen glowing around the bay. These were constructed by LumériCo, and as the final one was constructed, CEO Guillermo Portero gave a speech to mark the occasion.[3] The city holds a festival that celebrates the end of the Omnic Crisis, though it possesses an underground criminal element.[4]

The city was identified as a hotspot by Overwatch in the decades following the Omnic Crisis.[2]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The objective of this map is to transport a truck through the city streets and into one of the ziggurats[5] in order to restore power to the region[6]. The attacking team starts very close to the payload truck at the lowest point on the map. The defending team spawns at several locations, two of which are located within the ziggurat powering Dorado.

Known Locations[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The winding streets and courtyards of Dorado provide many opportunities for snipers on this map. A vantage point is set up directly opposite of the truck's starting location, making it an ideal position for a hero such as Widowmaker to set up. The narrow passages can make abilities like Dragonstrike effective. Torbjörn excels on Defense as his turret can cover a lot of the wide open areas. The numerous buildings in the area can also function as great hiding places for Symmetra's Teleporter or Shield Generator, forcing the enemy to spend a lot of their time to search for it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

One of the Dorado power plants
  • The map's name means "Golden" in Spanish. It also might be named after the Dorado constellation.
  • During development, the Overwatch team had difficulty finding the right visual references for Dorado, leading them to eventually look for "colorful mexican towns" on google images. In doing so, they managed to find a photograph that helped solidify Dorado's aesthetic, though the developers later discovered that their visual reference was actually of a town in Italy called Manarola.[7]
  • The attacking team's starting area contains a range of large metal bells, which can be shot at to produce different musical notes. Creative players can produce simple melodies in this way.
    • It is possible to play the Overwatch main theme on these bells.
    • It is also possible to produce the main theme of the show "Futurama".
  • The streets of Dorado are festooned with numerous decorations, including destructible piñatas and guitars. Some of these piñatas depict the heads of characters from other Blizzard games, such as the eponymous Diablo. The map itself depicts the city's Omnic Crisis celebration.
  • The Hero short takes place on a modified version of Dorado.
  • Around the start of the map, near the first point, there is a statue featuring four plaques. The plaques read:
    • 'En honor a los caídos durante la oscuridad' (Rough Translation: 'In honour of the fallen during the darkness')
    • 'Hasta la noche más oscura cede ante el amanecer' (Rough Translation: 'Even the darkest night gives way before dawn')
    • 'Que renazcan en la luz' (Rough Translation: 'May they be reborn in the light')
    • 'Y que jamás sean olvidados' (Rough Translation: 'And never be forgotten')

360° Panorama[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book
  2. 2.0 2.1 2015-07-07, Soldier: 76 Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2015-08-03
  3. 2016-05-18, LUMÉRICO VISION FOR MEXICO UNVEILED, BUT THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY REMAIN. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-05-19
  4. 2015-11-07, THE WORLD OF OVERWATCH. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-11-17
  5. 2015-10-16, Overwatch Pre-Beta Livestream Recap. Overpwn, accessed on 2015-10-17
  6. 2016-07-08, "In Dorado you're bringing the power core to the Lumerico power station to restore power to the region.". Battle.net Forums, accessed on 2016-08-18
  7. 2017-02-22, D.I.C.E Summit 2017 - IGN Live. Twitch, accessed on 2017-02-22