Float Around in Zero Gravity When Overwatch's New Map Launches Today

Float Around in Zero Gravity When Overwatch's New Map Launches Today

Plus, some Heroes of the Storm-barred skins join lootboxes.

After spending a few weeks bustling in the PC-only PTR (Public Test Realm), Overwatch's latest map Horizon Lunar Colony is finally entering the game officially. But it's not arriving alone.

Also joining the new map are two new skins—or new if you didn't play Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm to attain them. The Oni Genji and Officer D. Va skins were originally only collectable after one played a certain amount of Heroes of the Storm. Now, as promised by Blizzard, the skins will be now integrated into standard lootboxes across Overwatch, and not tethered to a separate game entirely.

Horizon Lunar Colony is a capture point-focused map, much like Oasis, that finds itself steeped in heavy lore for the game. More so than any map before it. In Horizon Lunar Colony, players get to see where Winston, arguably Overwatch's second marquee character next to Tracer, grew up. The lunar colony features separate areas of the massive moon base, with small hints leading up to why Winston eventually fled because of the gorilla uprising (sounds like Planet of the Apes, eh?).

The map has an experimental asset too, like the jump pads in Oasis. Horizon Lunar Colony has aspects of zero gravity, when the player goes into the small spaces "outdoors" on the moon. Zero gravity causes characters to float through the air and make massive leaps, changing the game's dynamic ever so slightly.

By mistake, Blizzard accidentally initially noted today that Horizon Lunar Colony would be barred from Competitive Play in its first week, much like with new heroes. This statement has since been amended, and the map will be playable across all modes this week. Overwatch's patch 1.12 is out now across PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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