Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro.jpg

Location
Brazil
Terrain
City

Rio de Janeiro is an upcoming map in Overwatch and Overwatch 2.

History[edit | edit source]

Rio during the Omnic Crisis

Rio was a battlefield during the Omnic Crisis.[1] Overwatch took part in a battle there, prevailing against the omnics.[2]

At some point after the conflict, the city was identified as a hotspot by Overwatch.[3]

A Better World[edit | edit source]

Decades after the Omnic Crisis, Calado and the Vishkar Corporation were in competition for (re)development of the city. Rio's mayor favored Calado's proposal, due to the company's history with Rio. This was in the midst of protests from Rio's townsfolk, protesting against any re-development of their neighborhoods. However, as the Calado building was destroyed in a detonation (likely caused by Vishkar itself), the contract went to Vishkar. Months later, Rio had a new city center.[4]

Part of the original deal or otherwise, Vishkar secured a contract to redevelop large tracts of the city. The people were told that the development would improve their lives. However, that promise never became a reality. Vishkar imposed controls on the residents in the name of building a more orderly society: enforcing curfews, cracking down on what the company perceived as lawless behavior, and exploiting the populace as a cheap labor force. Sonic technology was employed to suppress the people. However, city resident Lúcio Correia dos Santos stole the technology and used it against Vishkar, leading a popular uprising that drove out the corporation.[5]

The Battle of Rio[edit | edit source]

We're being overrun. Null Sector is everywhere. I'll hold them as long as I can.
~ Lúcio
Null Sector attacks Rio

Null Sector attacked Rio, quickly overrunning much of the city. Lúcio fought against the attacking omnics, along with civilians, and fighter jets tried to engage Null Sector's command ship. However, Null Sector forces continued to pour into the city, and while the arrival of Overwatch helped stem the tide, Null Sector still had the means to deploy forces ad infinitum. The team split up—alongside Lúcio, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Mei would fight their way into the ship, provided transport by Echo in the team's shuttle. Winston and Mercy would help evacuate the civilians, while Brigitte and Genji ran a distraction. The plan worked, and the command ship was destroyed.[6]

Game Map[edit | edit source]

Rio is a Story Experience map in Overwatch 2. It depicts the Battle of Rio, as Lucio, Tracer, Mei, and Reinhardt fight their way through Null Sector forces.[7]

Known Locations[edit | edit source]

Known Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is an as-of-yet unannounced LEGO Overwatch set that will feature the Battle of Rio.[8] This battle is rumoured to be the setting of a PvE mission for Overwatch 2.[9] A gameplay trailer for Overwatch 2 indicates that this is the case.[10]
  • Rio is twice the size of any game map previously released.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2014-11-07, Overwatch Cinematic Trailer. YouTube, accessed on 2015-04-17
  2. Bastet
  3. 2015-07-07, Soldier: 76 Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2015-08-03
  4. Overwatch: Symmetra: A Better World
  5. Lúcio, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-08-14
  6. 2019-11-02, Overwatch 2 | Rio de Janeiro Mission Co-op PVE | Blizzcon 2019 Demo. YouTube, accessed on 2020-09-17
  7. 2019-11-04, New Gameplay Today – Overwatch 2's Story Experience. Game Informer, accessed on 2020-03-12
  8. 2019-10-15, List of new releases for LEGO in the year 2020. Stonewars, accessed on 2019,10,22
  9. 2019-10-27, Sources: Overwatch 2 to feature PvE, new map, at least one new hero. ESPN, accessed on 2019-10-28
  10. 2019-11-01, Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer. YouTube, accessed on 2019-11-08
  11. 2019-11-07, BlizzCon 2019 Overwatch 2 Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2020-04-10