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Blizzard World

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Hybrid Hybrid
USA Irvine, California, United States
Amusement park
Release date

Blizzard World is a Hybrid map in Overwatch. Released on 23 January 2018, making it the 24th map added to the game.

Official Description[ | ]

Epic fun detected: Welcome to Blizzard World.

See your favorite gaming memories come to life in Overwatch’s new hybrid map as you attack and defend the payload across Azeroth, Tristram, the Koprulu Sector, and beyond![1]

Blizzard World (Winter Wonderland)[ | ]

The 2018 Winter Wonderland event added a Christmas-themed version of Blizzard World.[2]

Background[ | ]

Where you took your first steps in Azeroth. Where you confronted the Lord of Terror himself. Where you spawned your first zergling rush. Sometimes, epic memories can only be made in an epic world. Your adventure. Your community. Your memories. See them come alive in your world. Blizzard World! Come and visit Blizzard World. New adventures are waiting for you.
~ An ad for the theme park

The park was built in Irvine, California, and is themed around the worlds of Blizzard Entertainment.[3] It is connected to the hyperloop line.[4] Recently, some of its rides were shut down due to the weather.[5]

Gameplay[ | ]

The map starts off with a payload in the Warcraft staging area. The defenders start in the Heroes Arcade, while attackers spawn in the Hearthstone Tavern. The attackers have to push the payload along into the StarCraft section of the theme park, which is a circular plaza with an upper level of bridges and walkways. Here, as with the Warcraft section, taking the high ground is the key to victory. The payload enters the Diablo area last, which consists of numerous smashable barrels.

Known Locations[ | ]

Blizzard World2

The park's layout

Blizzard World has a number of attractions based around its universes. Its attractions are as follows (grouped by universe):

Diablo[ | ]

  • Caldeum Market
  • Den of Evil
  • Reign of the Black King
  • New Tristram
  • Shen's Delights
  • Slaughtered Calf Inn
  • Tristram Cathedral
  • Tyrael's Fall

Heroes of the Storm[ | ]

  • Blackheart's Revenge
  • Heroes Arcade

The Lost Vikings[ | ]

  • Lost and Found Vikings

StarCraft[ | ]

  • Command Center Lift Off
  • Ghost Academy
  • Hatchery Petting Zoo
  • Journey to Aiur
  • Nexus Experience
  • Founder's Hall
  • Nydus Worm Slide
  • Pylon Terrace
  • Spawning Pool Water Park

Warcraft[ | ]

  • Ancient Curios
  • Booty Bay
  • Auction House
  • Blackrock Mountain
  • Escape from the Stockade
  • Darkmoon Faire
  • Darkmoon Ferris Wheel
  • Deeprun Tram
  • Fargodeep Mine
  • Flight to Duskwood
  • Gates of Orgrimmar
  • Hearthstone Tavern
  • Lurky Parking Lot
  • Khadgar's Herbs
  • Moonwell
  • Murky Parking Lot
  • Murloc Island
  • Pesties Apothecary
  • Snaxramas
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
  • Stone Cairn Lake
  • The Hellscream
  • Wizard's Sanctum Magic Show
  • Zepplin Canoeing

Strategy[ | ]

Use the hidden passageways to your advantage.

The payload moves very fast, try to keep 3 people on it while attacking.

Trivia[ | ]

Blizzard World Ticket

Blizzard World ticket

  • The logo may be representative of a murloc from World of Warcraft.
  • The map is an in-universe representation of Blizzard Entertainment's IPs. The concept can be seen as a parody/homage of Disneyland and other similar theme parks.
    • The park has been referred to as "the most epic place on Earth."[5] This possibly references the Disneyland tagline, "the happiest place on Earth."
  • Near the starting zone, in the "Lost and Found Vikings" area, players can find a green book entitled "The Green Hills of Stranglethorn", which is a quest designed by Jeff Kaplan, back when he was a quest designer on World Of Warcraft. This quest is, according to him, the worst thing he ever designed.
  • In the Heroes Arcade (the first spawn room for the defenders), screens with leaderboards on them can be seen, with 3-character usernames which represent Overwatch characters. 1st is SMB which stands for Sombra, with 9999 points (as she is a hacker), 2nd is DVA (standing for D.Va), highest normal score as she is supposed to be a professional gamer, 3rd is JRT, standing for Junkrat, and 4th is S76, standing for Soldier: 76.

Development[ | ]

  • The idea for the map came from BlizzCon 2015, when Chris Metzen discussed the idea of a Blizzard-themed park. The idea for a map based on such an idea was taken up by the developers.[3]
  • The map was announced at BlizzCon 2017 on November 3, 2017 and was added to the PTR on November 20, 2017.[6] The map went live on all consoles on January 23, 2018[7]

Videos[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. 2017-11-03, Blizzard World | New Hybrid Map | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-11-04
  2. 2018-12-04, PlayOverwatch on Twitter. Twitter, accessed on 2018-12-05
  3. 3.0 3.1 2017-11-12, BlizzCon 2017 Overwatch: What’s Next Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-18
  4. Overwatch 2, Midtown
  5. 5.0 5.1 2022-11-29, What to expect for Season 2: Ramattra, Shambali Monastery, and the Battle for Olympus. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2022-11-29
  6. 2017-11-20, Overwatch PTR Now Available - November 20, 2017 PlayOverwatch.com. Accessed on 2018-01-16
  7. 2018-01-16, PlayOverwatch on Twitter Twitter. Accessed on 2018-01-16