Ilios is an Overwatch control map located in a Greece archipelago (a set of islands near each other). You can see at least four islands surrounding Ilios. There isn’t much lore about Ilios in the Overwatch universe, nor a Greek Hero. However, at some point Blizzard Entertainment might add a Greek hero and a digital comics to introduce lore about this place.
“Situated atop a small island rising from the Aegean Sea, Ilios is a postcard-perfect Mediterranean town, with a bustling harborside, winding paths for rambling hillside strolls, and gorgeous vistas. It is the ideal vacation stop for people looking for a place to relax, or for those interested in exploring the ruins scattered at teh top of the island, where many artifacts and relics of the ancient world have been recently unearthed.” — source: Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch Collector’s Edition, page 125)
There are a couple of things about Ilios mentioned in-game:
1. When you walk into the cockpit in Ilios, Athena debriefs you: “Welcome to Greece, agents, but I’m afraid this isn’t a holiday. Over the past week, Talon activity has been detected in the area. It is my believe that they are attempting to steal the newly unearthed artifacts from the temple ruins atop Ilios. The ancient ruins in Ilios are an internationally protected heritage site. Please, try to avoid unnecessary damage.”
2. In the Lijiang Tower, the eTicker says: “Ancient Greek statues emerge in Ilios to reproduce the sun.”
Ilios is a Best 2 (of 3) capture point with three alternate maps:
- Ilios: Lighthouse
- Ilios: Ruins
- Ilios: Well
Greek Signs: Translation
Special thanks to our freelancer georgiaath for translating to English from Greek. For your interest, Ilios means “Sun.” According to Athena, Talon is in Ilios after some unearthed artifacts. The only reason I can think for their interest is to harness the power of the sun from an ancient source (maybe deity-derived). The fact Ilios means sun, evokes the memory of Prometheus (“deity in Greek mythology who was the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind.” — wikipedia), however the massive statues on the sea around Ilios are a representation of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Colossus of Rhodes representing the greek titan-god of the Sun: Helios.
The Ilios: Lighthouse shows a tourist point with saunas, restaurants, flower shops, wine/cheese shops, a marina, and cruise ships navigating by on the sea.
There doesn’t seem to be a reason to capture the Lighthouse, but it has a computer terminal plugged to a power generator, and what look like a portable transmission unit (briefcase) for internet access (beneath the monitor).
The Ilios: Ruins capture point is oddly enough an excavation site with ancient jars, and statues. There is a lot of cabling connected to power generators, and futuristic drilling machinery. Seeing how Overwatch has omnics, cybernetic-enhanced humans, and talking gorillas, it wouldn’t be surprising if Overwatch is protecting Ilios from the Talon Organization attempting to search for ancient power of the Greek Pantheon. Or that the Greek Hero, if there is ever one, has supernatural deity-based powers. We have robots, we have soldiers, techno-augmentated heroes, and technically Reaper is a supernatural hero with shadowy powers of unknown source. All we need is magic-derived and alternate supernatural abilities into the mix.
The Well is that huge hole in the middle of the capture point where Roadhog, Pharah, and Lucio love to push you into. With all the fighting noise it is normal to not notice the eerie sound effect that plays when you are inside the well. The video below shows a brief video clip of the ghostly sounds playing at the bottom of the well. Could the well be a supernatural power source the Talon wish to exploit? Will there be Overwatch Heroes with supernatural powers?
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