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Hanamura concept.jpg

Residential area

Hanamura is an Assault map in Overwatch.

Official Description[edit | edit source]

Hanamura is a well-preserved village of unassuming shops and quiet streets, known mostly for its idyllic cherry blossom festival every spring. But to those who know its history, Hanamura is the ancestral home of the Shimada ninja clan, which had grown over the centuries to become a powerful criminal organization. As its neighboring cities expanded, Hanamura was encircled, and eventually it was incorporated as a district within a larger city. For now, the imposing compound of the Shimada family lies empty, but that peace may soon be broken.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Hanamura is located in Japan,[2] It is a suburban area that features temple grounds and Shimada Castle, which is quite large.[3] With its restaurants, shops, and prime cherry blossom viewing, Hanamura is a popular tourist destination, but the sleepy town hides a dark secret known only to a select few.

For generations the town was the home of the Shimada Clan,[4] to which Hanzo and Genji used to belong.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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The attackers must enter the Shimada Castle, and capture both Points, while the defenders must stop them from capturing them.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Attack[edit | edit source]

The choke point near the first capture zone has a small opening in the wall on the upper left (from the attacker's point of view) that certain heroes can reach with their abilities. There is also a gap between a small path near the first point and a balcony near the second point that can also be reached by a few heroes.

Defense[edit | edit source]

It should be noted that there is a choke point at the gate separating the urban zone from the first capture point that defenders can hold without too much effort. However, the opening on the wall should be guarded over and can even be a sniping spot.

Known Locations[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shooting at the murloc will cause it to make sounds.
  • Several arcade games can be found here: Vivi's Adventure, Fighters of the Storm, 16-bit Hero, The Lost Vikings VI and Siege Mode 3. Most pay tribute to a previous Blizzard game, and feature characters from other franchises.
  • The name "Hanamura" or "花村" literally means "flower village" in Japanese.
  • D.Va is shown in posters here. These served to hint at the hero before her announcement.[5]
  • On the 2nd point (inside) you can find the damage caused in the initial fight between Hanzo and Genji in Dragons. This includes Hanzo's arrow in the wall outside the door, Hanzo's arrow in the floor, damage to the right standing lantern, and Genji's shuriken in the wall below the walkway beside the hanging scroll.
  • The map seems to be influenced partially by the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto, which has a balcony very similar to the one at the second capture point.

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

360° Panorama[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book, page 117
  2. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-07
  3. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-10
  4. Overpwn.com - Possible Content Teaser, Overwatch Strings Datamining - New Hero, Progression, Hero Customization, Achievements. (2015-10-29). 
  5. Overpwn.com - New Hero D.Va - A Starcraft II Player, Beta Patch Notes - October 30th. (2015-10-30).