Blizzard Talks Battling Online Toxicity, Gives Junkertown Map Release Date
Overwatch fans won’t have to wait much longer to play a new escort map. Blizzard announced that the Junkertown map is releasing September 19. That’s less than a week away, so expect an update for the team-based first-person shooter to arrive next Tuesday.
Check out the recently released behind-the-scenes video to learn more about Junkertown:
“Oh ho ho, this’ll be good…”
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch’s newest map!
Return to Junkertown: 9.19.2017 pic.twitter.com/lRULArQBOv
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) September 12, 2017
Here’s an overview of the map from Blizzard:
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.
Blizzard also detailed their plans to combat toxicity inside the Overwatch community. Here’s how Jeff Kaplan explained the team’s short-term plans (medium and long-term plans can be found over at their forums):
We have short, medium and long term plans and we haven’t done a great job in communicating all of these things to you. In the short term we are re-evaluating every punishment and are in the process of converting silences over to suspensions. We’re also increasing the length of suspensions. Pretty soon, we hope for silences to go away all together and only have suspensions and bans for punishments (with a few exceptions like forced BattleTag changes for naming violations). Also in the short term, we’ve been testing an email notification system to let you know when someone you’ve reported has been actioned. We cannot provide a lot of detail in these emails but they only go out if an action has taken place (meaning your report contributed to someone getting suspended). The other short term thing we just did was ban a number of accounts for boosting in Season 5. These accounts were actioned either yesterday or are in the process of being actioned. They will lose all Season 5 rewards.