Filipino 3D and Environmental Artist Creates a ‘Manila City’ Fan-made Map Inspired by Overwatch


Though names are altered due to possible copyright issues, you can actually see a few iconic places in the map!

Photo Shua Llorente

Since the 1980s, video gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and a part of modern popular culture in most parts of the world. Today, the gaming world has evolved so much that maps, characters, and even animals are more realistic than ever. As more and more people are jumping into the virtual world, the demand for games is rising towards the sky. However, creating games is no easy task. As a matter of fact, there are games that take a whopping decade to make–even with thousands of people working on a single project.



Photo Shua Llorente

With this at hand, there is a big demand for artists, illustrators, and game creators nowadays. A Filipino 3D and environmental artist is now rising into fame as his work “Manila City” has been the talk of the gaming community. The fan-made map was for Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The fan-made map was made by Joshua Llorente, a self-taught 3D artist and environmental artist, who is currently creating art with 3ds Max, Substance Painter, Z-Brush, and Unreal Engine.

Photo Shua Llorente

The map depicted a more colorful Manila, retaining the names of several iconic places in the said city. Though the names have been altered, SOGO, BDO, and Jollibee can be seen in the more coloful Manila streets in the said map. Though Llorente’s creation isn’t actually part of the game yet, fans are hoping that it would be soon!

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