King's Row

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King's Row
King's Row concept.jpg

Type
Hybrid (Assault, then Escort)
Location
England
Terrain
Narrow, cobblestone streets

King's Row is a Hybrid map, starting with Assault and leading into Escort. It is a map set at night in winding streets between tall buildings in England. It was added to Overwatch as one of the initially released maps during the beta.

Official Description[edit | edit source]

King's Row is an upscale, cosmopolitan neighborhood of London, but just beneath its peaceful surface, tensions between omnics and humans are running high. While much of modern England was built on the backs of omnic laborers, they have been denied the basic rights that humans have, with most omnics forced to live in the dense, claustrophobic city-beneath-the-city known by some as "the Underworld." Of greater concern is that recent demonstrations by pro-omnic-rights protestors have resulted in violent clashes with the police, and a solution is nowhere in sight.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

A human helps an omnic

A ritzy neighborhood,[2] King's Row is situated in the heart of England,[3] and has cobblestone streets.[4] It has its own police force.[5] Omnics here are denied the same rights as humans.[2] Nowhere else in the world are human-omnic tensions as high as in this neighborhood.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Riots flare up in King's Row

Prior to the Omnic Crisis, King's Row had its own omnic population. They built their own city beneath the surface.[7] Omnic-human relations became tense in the city in the wake of protests,[8] with the police clashing with omnics and their human sympathizers.[9]

King's Row was 'visited' by Junkrat and Roadhog in their global crime spree, causing damage in their wake.[10]

Under tight security, Tekhartha Mondatta gave a speech to a joint human-omnic crowd. However, he was assassinated by Talon agent Widowmaker. [11] In his memory, a large statue was built at King's Row; additionally, a memorial picture was placed on the stairs in front of The Meridian, where he gave his final speech.

Currently, some people want to take out the omnics of King's Row using an EMP device.[7]

Game Map[edit | edit source]

The map's gameplay involves escorting the EMP device into the omnic city.[12]

Known Locations[edit | edit source]

  • King's row
    • Alderworth Hotel
    • The Meridian
  • The Ascalon Club
  • Bell (Fish & Chips)
  • The Fox and Bear
  • Moriarty's Fine Books Bookshop
  • Hoof & Haunch
  • Gordon's Positronics
  • Eberle and Sons

Map layout and points of interest[edit | edit source]

King's Road map with points of interest (spawn points, health packs and routes).

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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Attack[edit | edit source]

Assault[edit | edit source]

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Escort[edit | edit source]

Defense[edit | edit source]

Assault[edit | edit source]

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Mei can use her Ice Wall to block of the gateway at the first chokepoint forcing the attackers to wait for the wall to break or go through The Meridian (The building where Tekhartha Mondatta gave his speech before being assassinated by Widowmaker in the animated short Alive).

Snipers such as Widowmaker and Hanzo can take advantage of the vertical areas surrounding the point to guard the point and warn the team of any flankers trying to sneak around.

Escort[edit | edit source]

Mei can take advantage of the narrow streets and use her ultimate ability Blizzard on the payload and erect an Ice Wall behind the attackers to prevent escape.

Hanzo can also use the narrow streets by using his ultimate ability Dragonstrike to clear people off of the payload.

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A travel ad for King's Row
  • Inspiration for King's Row was taken from London. [13]
  • Its name bears a resemblance to King's Cross, a famous region within London.

360° Panorama[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book
  2. 2.0 2.1 Overpwn.com - Possible Content Teaser, Overwatch Strings Datamining - New Hero, Progression, Hero Customization, Achievements. (2015-10-29). 
  3. 2014-12-19, Nine Screenshots for King's Row Payload Map. Blizzpro, accessed on 2014-21-12
  4. 2015-07-07, Fading Glory: On the Trail of Jack Morrison. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-08-24
  5. 2015-09-15, Teasing : Two new heroes on their way?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-19
  6. 2015-11-07, THE WORLD OF OVERWATCH. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-11-17
  7. 7.0 7.1 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-10
  8. 2015-08-11, Lúcio Gameplay Preview | Overwatch | 1080p HD, 60 FPS. YouTube, accessed on 2015-08-22
  9. 2016-02-05, Overwatch Cinematic Teaser | "Are You With Us?". YouTube, accessed on 2016-05-04
  10. 2015-09-15, Teasing : Two new heroes on their way?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-19
  11. Alive, Overwatch Animated Short | “Alive”. Accessed on 2016-04-03
  12. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-07
  13. 2015-03-06, PAX East 2015 Blizzard Panel | Blizzplanet (1/2). YouTube, accessed on 2015-03-20