Overwatch’s new moon map launches next week

Overwatch’s newest map, Horizon Lunar Colony, will launch next week on June 20. Horizon Lunar Colony is a two-capture-point assault map that takes place on the lunar laboratory where the gorilla tank hero Winston was raised.

“Built as a first step towards humanity’s renewed exploration of space, the colony’s goal was to examine the effects of prolonged extraterrestrial habitation—on human and ape alike,” Blizzard said when the map hit the public test realm a few weeks ago. “The scientists’ research proved incredibly promising… until, suddenly, all contact and communications with the base were lost.”

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One of the most interesting things about the new map is it features a small area with low gravity. Blizzard says it didn’t want to make the entire map low-grav, as that would mess with Overwatch’s competitive aspects, but this small area (located somewhat separate from where the main fighting will usually take place) is a nice nod to the Colony’s lunar location.

Horizon hits Overwatch’s live servers on June 20. In the meantime, check out the above video for a bit of insight from the game’s developers on why they put a map on the friggin’ moon.