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Listen up you wretched scum. I see your struggles. Trying to survive in the wasteland. It's time to face the facts. The end of the world's come and gone. Your past lives are a dream. It's time you woke up. They thought they could take our land and give it to the machines? They were wrong. We won the war. And now we reap the spoils. We built a new world from the ashes. So step into the Scrapyard. No rules. No mercy. Only the strong survive. This is your queen. Welcome to the apocalypse. Welcome to Junkertown.
~ The Queen
Junkertown
Junkertown

Theme
▶️ ▶️
Type
Escort Escort
Location
Australia Central Australia[1]
Terrain
Shanty town, desert
Release date
2017-09-17

Junkertown is an Escort map in Overwatch and Overwatch 2. Released on 19 September 2017, making it the 23rd map added to the game.

Official Description[ | ]

Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches...and to survive.[2]

Background[ | ]

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Hammond outside Junkertown

Junkertown is a dirty, dangerous, harsh, chaotic, grungy settlement located in the Australian Outback,[3] constructed from the ruins of the Australian omnium. It is the home of the Junkers.[2] The entrance to the town is a fortified gate with a guard tower.[4] The denizens of the town are taxed, and if they don't pay up, Queen Odessa Stone sends her henchmen around to collect what's due.[5]

Junkertown does have some amenities that one would expect from a proper town—repair shops, bars, tattoo shops, etc.[3] As recently as ten years ago, the landscape around Junkertown was nothing but desert wasteland.[6] In the present day, the landscape has recovered to an extent.[7]

Principles[ | ]

Under the reign of the Junker Queen, the town operates on the following principles:

  1. No omnics.
  2. Pay your share.
  3. Finders keepers.
  4. Settle your own scores.
  5. Troublemakers will be exiled.[8]

Gameplay[ | ]

The payload consists of the riches Junkrat and Roadhog collected in their global heist spree along with a "surprise" of explosive as revenge for being exiled. The spawn for the attacking team is initially placed at Roadhog's farm, with the payload being escorted throughout the desert and Junkertown.

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Locations[ | ]

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The town's entrance

Known Inhabitants[ | ]

Former[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • As the Junkers appear to be inspired by Mad Max, Junkertown appears to draw specific inspiration from Bartertown.
  • License plates found throughout the map indicate that Junkertown is located in the Northern Territory.
  • If either team has a Roadhog or Junkrat there will be audio cues at the first escort point from the Queen expressing her disdain at them returning.
  • Roadhog's chopper in the attacking spawn room is the first destroyable prop in the game that shows hit markers. It has about 2500 health.
    • In Overwatch 2, it no longer shows hit markers.
    • Ana's purple damage-over-time effect appears when shooting it.
  • If Wrecking Ball is on either team, “Wrecking Ball has returned to claim his title” will sound on the intercom.
  • The landscape surrounding Junkertown differs significantly in The Wastelander and in Overwatch itself. In the former, it is pure desert, while in the game, vegetation can be seen in the background. However, given that roughly a decade passes between the short and the game itself, this isn't necessarily a discrepancy.
  • The Wastelander short takes place at the 2nd Defenders Spawn point to the throne outside.
  • Junkertown can be inferred to have existed for at least 23 years (13 years under Mason Howl, 10 years under Odessa Stone).
  • In an interaction between Roadhog and Mauga, Roadhog responds that the rates for mercenaries "down there" are modest. It is unclear if this refers to Junkertown, or Australia as a whole.


Development[ | ]

  • The reveal of Junkertown as a map resulted in controversy in Australia. The first was the presence of a shop that had the words "take out" (an American term rather than "take away" (an Australian term)). Jeff Kaplan promised to change the sign.[9] The sign was subsequently changed, with a tongue-in-cheek apology from Kaplan.[10] Additionally, the Queen's statement of "they thought they could take our land and give it to the machines" generated some controversy given Australia's colonial history in regards to its native indigenous groups.[9]
  • As part of the map's sound design, Blizzard staff visited an actual ghost town, where natural sounds were generated from dilapidated objects.[3]
  • On October 20th, 2022 in Overwatch 2, Junkertown was temporarily disabled, as a prop in the Attacker spawn could be attacked to significantly affect server-wide performance.[11]

Videos[ | ]

Official[ | ]

Curse[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Junkrat, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-23-09
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017-08-21, Junkertown | New Escort Map | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-08-22
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2017-09-12, New Map Preview: Junkertown | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-09-15
  4. 2017-08-21, "Junkertown: The Plan" | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-08-25
  5. Junkertown: Wasted Land
  6. 2022-07-15, "You're in! Welcome to the Overwatch 2 Beta" (email). Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2022-07-16
  7. Overwatch, Junkertown
  8. Overwatch, Junkertown
  9. 9.0 9.1 2017-08-23, Blizzard Apologizes To Entire Country Of Australia About Overwatch, Here's Why. GameSpot, accessed on 2017-08-27
  10. 2017-09-01, Blizzard Fixes 'Culturally Insensitive' (Not Really) Overwatch Sign. Kotaku, accessed on 2017-09-01
  11. https://twitter.com/cuffah/status/1582258910794502144
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