Overwatch 2 maps – all the maps available in the sequel

If you're wondering what Overwatch 2 maps are going to be available at launch, you'll be pleased to know that we have everything you need to know right here

Overwatch 2 maps: an image of Toronto in-game

There’s going to be a lot about Overwatch 2 that feels familiar to players who have spent some time with Blizzard’s hero shooter Overwatch – however, there’s also going to be quite a lot of new content you need to look out for, too. Alongside new Overwatch 2 heroes, there’s going to be a number of new Overwatch 2 maps you’ll find yourself battling it out on.

But, all the existing Overwatch maps are also going to find themselves added to the Overwatch 2 maps list – except Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Paris, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries. So, this sequel is going to have roughly the same number of maps as the original – and, you can expect all the new locations to be as incredible and full of character as the returning ones. For example, Overwatch 2 is full of Kermit the Frog memes, thanks to Lucio, and one of the new maps.

So, let’s do a quick run-through of all the Overwatch 2 maps – new and old – and what you can expect to see from each one. Thankfully, you’re not going to have to push a payload on all of them.

Overwatch 2 maps

When the Overwatch 2 release date arrives, there’s going to be 22 Overwatch 2 maps available – and confirmation that another map will arrive with season 2 in December 2022. So, starting with the new ones, they are:

  • Circuit Royal
  • Colosseo
  • Gothenburg (not official name)
  • India (not official name)
  • Midtown
  • New Queen Street
  • Paraiso
  • Blizzard World
  • Busan
  • Dorado
  • Eichenwalde
  • Hollywood
  • Illios
  • Junkertown
  • King’s Row
  • Lijiang Tower
  • Nepal
  • Numbani
  • Oasis
  • Rialto
  • Route 66
  • Watchpoint Gibraltar

Circuit Royal

Initially named ‘Monte Carlo’, this map is set in Monaco and appears to draw on the glitz and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix – one of the most exciting races on the Formula One calendar.

This is going to be an Escort map, so expect a lot of the action to take place along a central path that runs through the map. However, it looks like there’s going to be more natural cover available and enough verticality to help teams deal with being one Tank hero down following the switch from 6v6 to 5v5. Expect mobile Damage heroes to dominate the discourse of games on this map.

Overwatch 2 maps: A high tech, futuristic monte carlo

Colosseo

Set in Rome, this Push map is going to test players with an objective path that loops under itself and forces you to expect attack from all directions.

There are areas that suit a condensed team composition, centred around a Reinhardt or Sigma. However, there are a lot areas where a Pharah or Junkrat could clean up if a team is caught unaware. Expect this to be a chaotic Push map where momentum can shift easily.

Overwatch 2 maps: an italian city with ancient roman architecture

Gothenburg (not official name)

At the moment, not a lot of details are known about Gothenburg – which may or may not be the final name of this map. It’s set in Sweden, featuring Torbjorn’s workshop, so expect both him and Brigitte to have a lot to say when running around.

When it was announced at BlizzCon 2019, it was revealed that this would be an Assault map. However, this game mode is being retired in Overwatch 2, as far as we know. So, right now we don’t quite know what to expect.

Overwatch 2 maps: a modern Swedish riverside building

India (not official name)

Expected to be one of the largest maps in Overwatch 2, we don’t know a whole lot about the map currently known as India. There are rumours that this will be a Control map, like Nepal, so we could see a handful of unique locations showcased through this one map.

However, as of right now, we don’t really know enough to comment on how you should approach this map. Roadhog, Orisa, and Sigma are all fantastic Tank hero options here – but, games of Control are often dictated by your team’s Support heroes. You need to stay alive on the capture point, after all.

Overwatch 2 maps: An open garden with small huts

Midtown

Drawing on the uniqueness of New York City, Midtown is a Hybrid map coming to Overwatch 2. It’s not going to look like today’s New York City, though, with the map drawing on the art deco style of the 1920s and design features from the 1950s, all while maintaining that iconic Overwatch charm.

As a Hybrid map, players are going to have to start by capturing a point and then proceed to push a payload through the rest of the map to get all three points. This means you’re going to need to be prepared to adapt throughout the match – especially because you’re only going to have one Tank hero to rely on.

Overwatch 2 maps: An image of the opening of Grand Central Station

New Queen Street

Set in Toronto, Canada – the home of one of the new Overwatch 2 heroes, Sojourn – New Queen Street is a Push map that offers players a lot of ways to catch whichever team is on the back foot off guard.

Like any Push map, you’re going to want to make sure the core of your team is strong and able to endure an onslaught – however, shield-based Tank hero like Sigma or Reinhardt may not be the best option here. There may not be quite as much verticality in this map as you’d like, but there are a lot of routes that cut across the main objective path and can make nimble Damage heroes like Genji and Tracer lethal.

Overwatch 2 maps: New Queen Street a Toronto ice rink

Paraiso

Lucio fans, this one is for you. Paraiso, which was originally just called Rio, is a map set in Rio de Janeiro that boasts colourful streets and an epic nightclub area for players to go toe-to-toe in. It’s a Hybrid map, so players are going to need to be prepared to push a payload and capture a point if they want to win.

Keeping your enemies at a distance while pushing a payload is important, so Damage heroes like Sojourn, Soldier 76, Hanzo, and Ashe will all do well here. If you’re on the back foot, though, you’re going to need to get up close and personal – so, someone like Reaper or Cassidy may be the best choice.

Overwatch 2 maps: Colourful Rio de Janeiro streets

Blizzard World

Blizzard World, a Hybrid map depicting a theme park based on Blizzard games like Diablo and StarCraft, will be available in Overwatch 2. Capturing the first point here can be tricky and it’s almost always best to avoid the main path when getting close to it. However, when you start pushing the payload you need to be prepared for attacks from all directions.

Towards the end of this payload push, there are both flanking opportunities and environmental challenges that you need to look out for. Losing a key member of your team so close to the end could cost you that all-important third point and lose you the game.

Overwatch 2 maps: A fictional medieval styled theme park

Busan

Busan, a Control map set in South Korea, is another Overwatch map that will be available in Overwatch 2. There’s quite a lot of verticality on this map, but the sightlines aren’t always as clear as you’d like. That being said, it suits Damage heroes like Junkrat and Widowmaker as much as it does Damage heroes like Sombra and Genji.

Tank heroes like Winston and Zarya can do well here, as you’re going to be in the middle of the fight a lot of the time, but timing is everything. It’s still important to keep an eye on people skirting around the point to catch you off guard, though – it’s easy to get caught out if you’re not paying attention.

Overwatch 2 maps: a busy south korean street

Dorado

Dorado, a Mexico-based Escort map that lets you play the Futurama theme on bells in the attacker’s spawn, is a map that’s going to force your team to adapt throughout. You’re going to need to spread out to cover the payload in the first and final sections of this Escort map as both areas offer great verticality for the defending team.

However, in the middle section of this map, it’s sometimes better to keep close and condensed – maximising the payload’s speed through an area where it’s easy to get caught out.

Overwatch 2 maps: a church with cacti outside

Eichenwalde

Eichenwalde is a Hybrid map that throws players into an idyllic German town – and then ends up in a castle. It’s a fantastic map visually and players can look forward to a number of important flanking routes throughout. There are two main routes to the first capture point, but a chokehold can make attacking hard.

However, with Overwatch 2 adopting a 5v5 format – losing a Tank hero on each team – there’s going to be a lot more action on the first point than you’d like. So, it’s important to be prepared to get your hands dirty and fight up-close-and-personal.

Overwatch 2 maps: an impressive Germanic castle

Hollywood

Another Hybrid map, Hollywood tasks players with capturing a point and then pushing a payload through a variety of different fictional film set locations. Each area is slightly different, with the first half of the map fantastic for Damage heroes like Pharah and Junkrat. Meanwhile, pushing the payload in the latter half of this map is going to be better for Damage heroes like Hanzo and Widowmaker – provided you can get a good shot in.

With one less Tank hero to play with, and against, expect the momentum of this map to shift quickly. Both attackers and defenders can make good use of the flanking routes here and Support heroes are going to play a huge part in keeping your team in the fight.

Overwatch 2 maps: A film studio in Hollywood

Illios

Illios, a Control map set on idyllic Greek islands, is perfect for Orisa, Lucio, and Pharah. Why? Environmental hazards. There are a lot of opportunities to knock your enemies off the map and you need to be constantly aware of where you are in relation to these out-of-bounds areas.

There are quite a lot of flanking opportunities here, but you might find that you struggle to actually get behind the other team. So, expect each point to be a bit of a slog-fest that’s constantly changing hands. Saying that, with two Tank heroes missing… This could be a map where the point is always changing hands.

Overwatch 2 maps: a lighthouse on a Greek island

Junkertown

Junkertown is going to be one of the most interesting Escort maps going into Overwatch 2. In Overwatch, attacking this map can be a nightmare if the other team takes advantage of the long sight lines with a Bastion, Reinhardt, and Orisa. However, with one less Tank hero available, expect this to be a map where a lot of the fighting happens around the payload.

There are several unique areas in this map – so, Damage heroes are going to need to keep in mind the fact that they might need to swap several times in one game. In addition to this, the final stint of the payload is an interesting one given the fact that there’s a shortcut players can use to skip a looping objective path and fight near the defender’s spawn.

Overwatch 2 maps: A shanty town and Junkertown's entrance

King’s Row

Cor blimey, Guv! King’s Row is back in Overwatch 2 and it’s one Hybrid map that you’ll need to be familiar with. Offering up three distinct sections, players can expect to see multiple flanking routes that can turn the tide of the fight (in either direction) and a mixture of open corridors and tight spots that offer a good balance for precision-based Damage heroes like Widowmaker and Hanzo, and the heavy-hitters like Junkrat and Reaper.

It’s also worth noting that there are a few places to get knocked off the map in the final section, so keep an eye on any one playing Pharah, Orisa, Doomfist, or Lucio here.

Overwatch 2 maps: A London street with a red bus

Lijiang Tower

With a handful of areas where you can get knocked off the map, positioning is an important part of playing the Control map that is Lijiang Tower. Pharah, Junkrat, Lucio, Orisa, and Doomfist all do well here for that very reason – but, there are ways to surprise enemies with mobile Damage heroes like Genji and Tracer.

D.Va is also an excellent choice when attacking a point, as a skilled player can use her mech boosters to knock enemies off the map. However, as you’re only allowed one Tank hero per team in Overwatch 2 – you might find areas on the edge a little safer than before.

Overwatch 2 maps: A tall skyscraper at night

Nepal

What’s this? Another Control map with areas where you can fall of the map? It’s like Blizzard want you to get knocked out of bounds, right? Nepal is one of the few maps where Mei really shines – her ability to disrupt visuals can majorly help attacking teams push on the capture point.

However, as we’ve said before with these sorts of maps, heroes with knockback attacks will do well. It’s also worth noting that Moira can be a surprisingly effective Support hero here with plenty of walls to bounce orbs off of – but also quite a few places where an orb can float astray and be ultimately wasted.

Overwatch 2 maps: A nepalese temple in the mountains

Numbani

Numbani is a strange Hybrid map where the best route to the capture point is surprisingly a secondary pathway. It’s important to keep an eye on the skies as there’s open skies throughout this map and several spots where a Damage hero can make your life hell.

When pushing the payload, it’s usually the best course of action to stick with the objective – however, having one Damage hero or a mobile Tank hero to disrupt defenders is always a good idea. There’s also a handful of bushes where an emoting Junkrat can hide in – which is a tactic known as the Sexy Junkrat. Use that information as you will.

Overwatch 2 maps: Numbani streets a high-tech african nation

Oasis

Oasis is another Control map where Tank heroes like Roadhog, Winston, and Zarya can thrive. There’s some degree of verticality players can take advantage of on every point – so, whether you fancy playing as Widowmaker and Hanzo, or Junkrat and Pharah, you’ll find an opportunitiy to get elimiations here.

Looking at Support hero options, Lucio and Moira are always excellent options. However, Brigitte can do well here in some areas where there’s a lot of cover. With sightlines sometimes difficult to find, though, Zenyatta players might find this a challenging map to play on.

Overwatch 2 maps: Oasis loading screen with high-tech buildings

Rialto

Rialto is one of the newer Escort maps to join Overwatch before Overwatch 2’s release, so players may not be as familiar with it as they could be. There are several long flanking options available here and a number of key locations where a Damage hero perched on high can make a real impact.

As for pushing the payload, Reinhardt is always a safe bet on this map. However, with only one Tank hero available, players will need to make sure there’s someone on their team dealing with the outliers who will drain his shield faster than you’d like. There’s also a few environmental hazards in the first half of this map you need to watch out for.

Overwatch 2 maps: Rialto buildings and a canal

Route 66

Route 66 is another Escort map where there are plenty of high vantage points for Damage heroes to cause chaos for attackers. Torbjorn players will be pleased to know there are also a lot of great places to stick a turret. But, be prepared to keep moving as it can be quite hard to shift momentum on this map once a team gets going – the defender’s spawn is quite far away.

In addition to this, the start of the map is quite clustered. So, it can be easy to get things started as an attacker – but aggressive defensive teams that are confident they can maintain the pressure might find that they can shut-down this map at the first bend in the road.

Overwatch 2 maps: Route 66 loading screen

Watchpoint Gibraltar

Watchpoint Gibraltar can be one of the most frustrating, but rewarding, Escort maps available in Overwatch (and Overwatch 2). There’s almost always a high vantage point to watch out for and the payload can travel through some tight spots – which benefit Damage heroes that deal splash damage well.

However, the switch to a 5v5 format is going to make things very interesting. This is one map where the ideal team composition would have one Tank hero sitting on the payload and another one, like D.Va or Winston, disrupting enemies. It looks like teams will have to rely on mobile Damage heroes to fill that role, which could make pushing the payload tough.

Overwatch 2 maps: Watchpoint Gibraltar loading screen

Well, that’s everything you need to know about all the Overwatch 2 maps available at launch. We’ll keep this updated with all the post-launch maps released by Blizzard and (with any luck) all the missing Overwatch maps – if they ever get repurposed and reintroduced.