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Overwatch's moon monkey finally has his own map

June 20, 2017 2 min read

Today's Overwatch patch brings some big changes to the game, apart from the new Horizon Lunar Colony map that's now available on all three platforms. It seems that every major patch also tinkers with the hero balance, and this one's no exception.

The biggest change is the welcome addition of a new map to the rotation. In Overwatch's lore, the Horizon Moonbase was a peaceful research facility working on all manner of scientific pursuits, including primate intelligence augmentation. We first saw the facility way back in March 2016 when the "Recall'" short film was released. Unfortunately, the monkeys became smart enough to question why they should be experimented on and overthrew the scientists, taking over the colony for themselves. It's where Winston grew up, but he chose to side with humanity and left his fellow primates behind when he escaped to Earth.

The new map is an assault type with two capture points, similar to Volskaya Industries or the Temple of Anubis. Attackers begin in a room with an enormous telescope pointed at Earth, and every character has something to say when they look back at home. Most of the facility is indoors, but there's a small section where the heroes can head outside. This section has lower gravity and muffled sound, and offers a significant change to the status quo. It's a shame this section isn't larger, as some interesting strategies open up when every jump takes you 30 feet in the air. Fortunately, low-gravity options are being added for those who want to experiment with the feature in custom games, and it's also being added to the Arcade mode temporarily as a new brawl type.

In addition to the new map, a few tweaks were made to Roadhog, Reaper, and McCree. One's better, one's worse, and one stayed about the same.

Overwatch's moon monkey finally has his own map screenshot