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Violence between the authorities and pro-omnic-rights protestors has broken out across London.[1]

King's Row is one of the locations in Overwatch. It is an Assault/Escort map.

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 protesters have resulted in violent clashes with the police, and a solution is nowhere in sight.

The payload on this map is a large EMP bomb. The attacking team must escort it to the Underworld, detonating it.

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StoryEdit

Omnic workers were responsible for rebuilding England after the Omnic Crisis. England, however, does not recognize their rights, and omnics are treated as second class citizens.

In Overwatch's last years, an omnic extremist group called Null Sector led an Uprising against the local government in the London neighborhood of King's Row. Overwatch sent in a small strike team composed of Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy, and Torbjörn to put down the uprising, despite the English government's orders not to get involved.

Since Overwatch's collapse, omnic rights protests have risen to prominence. Tekhartha Mondatta was at the forefront of the movement, preaching equality throughout the city. In Alive, Tekhartha Mondatta was assassinated during a speech in front of the Meridian by Widowmaker. Since then, protests have grown increasingly violent throughout the city.

Easter EggsEdit

  • In the first attackers' spawn, there are a few tablets with Hearthstone on them, as well as several Kofi Aromo cups.
  • In the first defenders' spawn, there is a poster for Lúcio's concerts.
  • In front of The Meridian, there is a photo of Tekhartha Mondatta with several candles around it.
  • The clock tower at the control point, presumably a rendition of the Elizabeth Tower, shows that the in-game time is 4:00 AM.

TriviaEdit

  • King's Row was one of the first three maps revealed for Overwatch, alongside Temple of Anubis and Hanamura. All three were revealed at BlizzCon 2014.
  • Being the first payload map, the development team spent a lot of time perfecting the size of the streets that the payload would move through.[2]

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Patch changes Edit

  • Overwatchemblem black December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy from using Resurrect in rare situations on King’s Row.
  • Overwatchemblem black October 11, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed players to capture first objective on King’s Row from extremely high above the point.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 2, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that kept the 30-seconds-remaining music from activating correctly on Payload maps.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: The payload on King's Row will no longer retreat back inside its starting location if the attacking team fails to push it. Fixed a bug that caused the “payload is nearing its final destination” music to continue playing even after the match was over.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 6, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that prevented Overtime music from playing on Escort and Hybrid maps.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 13, 2016 (beta) Patch: Increased time required to capture the first objective.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: The payload progress bar now shows checkpoints as well as the distance to upcoming checkpoints (if < 5m).
  • Overwatchemblem black December 2, 2015 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue that allowed players to escape the attacking team's spawn room on King's Row before the match had begun.

References Edit

  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.130
  2. From the Blizzard offices
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Escort Dorado •• Junkertown •• Route 66 •• Watchpoint: Gibraltar
Assault/Escort Eichenwalde •• Hollywood (Halloween) •• King's Row (Winter) •• Numbani
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Arcade
Arena Black Forest •• Castillo •• Ecopoint: Antarctica •• Necropolis
CtF Ilios Lighthouse | Well | Ruins •• Lijiang Night Market | Garden | Control Center •• Nepal Village | Shrine | Sanctum •• Oasis City Center | Gardens | University
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