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Ecopoint: Antarctica
Ecopoint Antarctica BlizzCon 2016

Elimination Elimination
Overwatch base Antarctica
Modular science station, Arctic
Release date

Ecopoint: Antarctica is an Arena map in Overwatch. Released on 15 November 2016, making it the 15th map added to the game. It is used for Arena based gamemodes and its Winter Wonderland variant is used for Mei's Snowball Offensive.

Background[ | ]

Maintained by Overwatch, the ecopoint served as a monitoring station for the study of Earth's changing climate.

Disaster struck the station when it was hit by a polar storm,[1] damaging the station's solar array.[2] Cut off from the outside world, the scientists were left stranded in the damaged facility. As their supplies dwindled, they entered cryostasis in a last-ditch effort to survive until a rescue attempt could be made.

Rescue came nine years later, but Dr. Mei-Ling Zhou was the only survivor. By this point, Overwatch was no more, and the eco-watchpoints had ceased to operate.[1] Mei left the base after receiving a recall order from Winston.[3]

Layout[ | ]

Ecopoint Antarctica

The base logo

Like all elimination maps, Ecopoint: Antarctica contains no health packs. Other maps with no health packs include Necropolis, Black Forest and Castillo. The map is modular, with six core habitat modules. These are as follows:

  • Crew Quarters
  • Storage
  • Cryo Lab
  • Engineering
  • Battery
  • Climatology (monitoring station)

The base also featured a helipad and radio tower. The helipad's copter was frozen over because of the storm, and the radio tower damaged as well.[3]

Staff[ | ]

Team EcoA

Team Ecopoint Antartica

The base's staff consisted of the following:

Trivia[ | ]

Ecopoint Antartica Prop art

Ecopoint: Antartica Props Concept Art by Anh Dang

  • The map was revealed during BlizzCon 2016.[4]
  • There is a door in the scientist's private quarters with a note on it saying "Happy Birthday to Mei".
  • A monitor in one of the spawn rooms displays a low power warning and a message that states "additional supply depots required." This is a reference to the terran supply depot structure in StarCraft.
  • During the Winter Wonderland Event, this map changes to Holiday themed variant with Christmas lights and Auroras in the Sky.
  • In September 2019, a snow globe saying "Grey" was added to one of the desks in the base.[5]
  • Mei's lines in Heroes of the Storm indicate that the base is somewhere in Queen Maud Land.

References[ | ]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mei, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  2. 2016-11-23, Ecopoint: Antarctica Lore. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-25-11
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rise and Shine
  4. 2016-11-04, Opening Ceremony, BlizzCon 2016
  5. 2019-09-20, Overwatch Underwater Hero and Map Teased?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2019-09-25