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 one of the maps initially available during the Overwatch beta, as well as the first map the Overwatch team developed for the game.

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 London, 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]

Uprising[edit | edit source]

This is Morrison. London has been attacked. King's Row has fallen. We're on the brink of open war.
~ Jack Morrison
Null Sector launches its attack

Seven years before the present day,[10] on the eve of a historic peace accord,[11] the terrorist group Null Sector launched an uprising in King's Row, causing London to go up in flames. They took Mayor Nandah, Mondatta, and a hundred other prisoners captive in a guarded power plant. 27 days into the uprising, the British government forbade Overwatch from intervening, even while thousands in London needed medical aid. In truth, Blackwatch agent Jesse McCree was already on the ground, and had scouted the area. Despite the gag order, Commander Jack Morrison dispatched four Overwatch agents—Tracer, Mercy, Reinhardt, and Torbjörn—to put an end to the crisis.[10]

King's Row, now a warzone

By the 28th day of the uprising, hundreds were dead, and thousands were injured. McCree reported the existence of Null Sector fortifications, and that they had complete tactical control. The team fought their way through the streets, even as hordes of Null Sector omnics tried to bar their way.[12] The events that transpired were classified within Overwatch's archives.[13]

Recent History[edit | edit source]

King's Row was 'visited' by Junkrat and Roadhog in their global crime spree, causing damage in their wake.[14]

Omnic spiritual leader Tekhartha Mondatta did much to try to improve the conditions of omnics within King's Row.[15] At somepoint, he gave a speech to a joint human-omnic crowd. However, he was assassinated by Talon agent Widowmaker.[16] In his memory, a large statue was built in his honor. 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.[17]

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]

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. [18] Originally, London itself was going to be the map, but it later became King's Row.[19]
  • Its name bears a resemblance to King's Cross, a famous region within London, as well as the King's Road, in Chelsea.
  • On March 24th, 2017, a user on the Overwatch Battle.net forums noted changes in King's Row's aesthetic on the PTR which was not noted in the update notes. The changes revolved around making the map brighter and improving visibility for players. Overwatch Principal Level Designer Dave Adams responded to users complaining about the change stating, "London was one of the earliest maps and some of the tech we use to build maps and optimize for performance has evolved. Some aspects of the art and lighting were updated to bring it in line with the newer maps and make it easier to make updates and changes in the future. That being said I sent your feedback over to our artists and they are taking a look. Thanks."[20]

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. 10.0 10.1 Tracer: Uprising
  11. 2017-04-05, OVERWATCH DIGITAL COMIC: "UPRISING". Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-04-12
  12. 2017-04-12, Welcome to Overwatch Uprising!. YouTube, accessed on 2017-04-12
  13. 2017-04-03, OVERHYPE: KING'S ROW DECLASSIFIED APRIL 11. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-04-04
  14. 2015-09-15, Teasing : Two new heroes on their way?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-19
  15. Overwatch, Zenyatta Quotes
  16. Alive, Overwatch Animated Short | “Alive”. Accessed on 2016-04-03
  17. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-07
  18. 2015-03-06, PAX East 2015 Blizzard Panel | Blizzplanet (1/2). YouTube, accessed on 2015-03-20
  19. 2017-11-05, OVERWATCH ARCHIVES PANEL. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-11-19
  20. 2017-3-24, Overwatch Map King's Row Gets a Visual Overhaul PVPLive.net, accessed on 2017-3-25