Blizzard World, the Overwatch theme park map, will go live next week

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After two months on the PTR, the grand opening of Blizzard World is just one week away: Blizzard announced today that the Overwatch assault/payload hybrid map modeled after a fictional theme park will be ready on January 23.   

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Unveiled during last year's BlizzCon, Blizzard World is a Disney-flavored cornucopia of fun that features elements of all of Blizzard's best-known games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, Hearthstone, Vikings, and Blackthorne. (Okay, probably not Blackthorne, but it would be cool to see it thrown in somewhere.)

I wouldn't be surprised to see a fresh trailer come our way some time prior to the launch but for now, the rollout date is all we've got. So take a minute instead to catch up with the first week of the Overwatch League—we've got a look at the best plays of week one right here—or refresh your memory with the Blizzard World announcement trailer below.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.