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This facility is still the home of Winston, who has taken steps to recall former Overwatch agents (should he believe it to be necessary).[1]

Watchpoint: Gibraltar is one of the locations in Overwatch. It is an Escort map.

At its height, Overwatch maintained numerous bases around the world, each with its own purpose: peacekeeping, scientific research, or in the case of Watchpoint: Gibraltar, providing an orbital launch facility. The base was mothballed along with the rest of Overwatch's installations, but there have been recent reports of activity within the perimeter. Could this indicate the presence of former Overwatch agents, or is this the work of organizations with more nefarious intentions?

The payload on this map is a satellite drone. The attacking team must escort it to the launch gantry to send it into orbit.

Overhead map Edit

Maps are taken from '2p maps'.[2]

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StoryEdit

The Rock of Gibraltar is a promontory located on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Roughly 40% of its land area is a nature reserve.[3]

During its golden age, Overwatch established a Watchpoint in the Rock of Gibraltar for use as an orbital launch facility. After its collapse, Watchpoint: Gibraltar was shut down by mandate of the Petras Act. Winston and Athena continued to inhabit the watchpoint long afterwards. In the event that the Overwatch agents would need to be recalled, Winston sent a satellite drone into orbit to send a message when activated.

In Recall, Reaper and a group of Talon agents attacked the Watchpoint and attempted to hack into its computers. Winston was able to fight them off, and afterwards sent out the recall signal, re-establishing connections with Overwatch's agents.

Easter EggsEdit

  • In Winston's lab, there is a blackboard that says "Winston's to-do list! - Step 1: Move satellite drone to launch platform! - Step 2: Launch drone into synchronous orbit - Step 3: Triangulate global "Recall" signal - Step 4: Call Overwatch agents back to active duty!!! - Order more peanut butter..."
  • Before the March 8, 2016 patch, a few monitors displayed messages from Athena trying to contact Winston. After the patch, they now display Athena's logo. The patch also added a large hole in the window within Winston's lab. This was made to match with the animated short, Recall.
  • Winston's lab has a chart depicting the map and the route the payload takes.
  • Within the crew quarters are a set of lockers, each with a name stenciled along their bottom: Bowden, Sparks, Pinto, Rogers, Klevstav, Klimas, and Eulaers. Some of these are direct nods to the environment team for Overwatch: Helder Pinto, Dion Rogers, Philip Klevestav, Andrew Klimas, and Bram Eulaers. Lee Sparks is the Senior Game Producer.
  • A poster of Genji is above one of the beds.
  • The shuttle in the hangar is marked "Lt. Maria Estrada" and "Aurora OSS-7".

Trivia Edit

  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar was originally teased in a tweet from @PlayOverwatch.[4] It was officially announced on March 6, 2015.

Patch changes Edit

  • Overwatchemblem black January 24, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her Shield Generator in unintended locations in Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
  • Overwatchemblem black December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug on Watchpoint: Gibraltar that allowed players to reach an unintended location near the final objective.
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: Watchpoint: Gibraltar’s first checkpoint has been removed. Fixed an issue preventing Genji and Hanzo from reliably climbing a specific crate on Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Fixed several issues that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 9, 2016 Patch: Payload speed has been slightly reduced on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 2, 2016 Patch: Made several minor adjustments across Watchpoint: Gibraltar to ensure better balance for defending and attacking teams[5]. Fixed a bug that kept the 30-seconds-remaining music from activating correctly on Payload maps.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Adjusted the Hero Select screen volume for the attacking team on Watchpoint: Gibraltar. 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 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue on Watchpoint: Gibraltar that allowed players to access out of map areas.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: The payload progress bar now shows checkpoints as well as the distance to upcoming checkpoints (if < 5m).


References Edit

  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.158
  2. http://2p.com/42599492_1/Overwatch-Health-Pack-Locations-for-All-Maps-by-JaminNoob.htm
  3. Wikipedia:Rock of Gibraltar
  4. @PlayOverwatch
  5. http://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20748454911#post-1
Maps in Overwatch
Assault Hanamura (Winter) •• Temple of Anubis •• Volskaya Industries
Escort Dorado •• Route 66 •• Watchpoint: Gibraltar
Assault/Escort Eichenwalde •• Hollywood (Halloween) •• King's Row (Winter) •• Numbani
Control Ilios •• Lijiang Tower (Lunar) •• Nepal •• Oasis
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
Event Estádio das Rãs •• Adlersbrunn •• Ecopoint: Antarctica (Winter) •• Lijiang Tower (CtR) •• King's Row (Uprising)