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Basic information
Map type Payload
File name: pl_venice
Released: July 12, 2023 Patch
(Summer 2023 Update)
Developer(s): JimWood
Map Info
Environment: Maritime City
Setting: Daylight, sunny
Hazards: Deadly waters, Payload Cart explosion
Map Photos
Menu photos pl venice.png
Map Overview
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Map Stamp
Item icon Map Stamp - Venice.png
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Better late than never, Venice is a single-stage payload map set on the historic island of Venice. BLU team must push the payload through the canals, the shopping district, the village, and finally the terrace palace.

Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee safety of mercenaries staying in the water too long.
Venice publicity blurb

Venice is a community-created, single-stage Payload map. It takes place in the eponymous Italian city.

Venice was contributed to the Steam Workshop.


The locations are described from BLU's perspective.

Checkpoint A – The Canals

BLU's first spawn consists of a two-store central building, containing a single resupply cabinet on the first floor, connected to two adjacent, one-store buildings (one on each side). Each adjacent building has an exit that leads to the sidewalks, while the central building has a single exit that drops players onto the cart. As soon as the cart starts moving, it goes under a bridge and then follows a mostly straight path, ending on a ramp followed by a right turn that leads into checkpoint A. Two of the buildings on the left and one of the buildings on the right can be entered.

The first left building leads to a room with a medium health kit, a small ammo box, and a veranda that overviews the area. The second left building goes around point A. The right building contains RED's first spawn, as well as a lower and an upper access to the next area; the upper access leads to a catwalk, while the lower access leads to the ground level.

Once A is captured, a door on the right building facing BLU's spawn opens up, a third left building becomes available, and RED's spawn is moved to the third area, not too far from B.

Checkpoint B – The Shopping District

Once BLU has captured A, the cart goes through an arch, then makes a left turn. It then heads a straight line past a shed, goes under a bridge connecting two buildings, and makes a left turn onto point B.

Behind the shed is a ramp that leads to a catwalk with an overview of the area on the building that contained RED's first spawn as well as the inside of a large building. The building that opens up on A's capture leads to the bridge the cart must go under, and has an attic that features a large health kit, a medium ammo box, and a window overseeing B; the attic can only be accessed through certain jumping techniques, such as explosive and triple jumps.

The large building features a drop-down just before point B, one access ramp just before B and another one just after it, and an L-shaped stairway heading left that leads to a terrace.

Capturing B moves BLU's spawn to the Canals' second left building and RED's spawn to the last area. It also opens two paths connecting the first and third areas, one in the same building and one right next to the building with the attic.

Checkpoint C – The Village

Just to the left of point B is a short L-shaped corridor that turns right. As the cart moves forward, it makes a left turn, a right turn, crosses a bridge, then moves in a Z-shape that leads into a second bridge before a left turn and finally reaching checkpoint C.

Once the cart goes over the first bridge, BLU can enter a building that turns right and left. Turning right leads them to point C (albeit on the other side of the canal) and to a portion of the tracks just after it. Turning left takes them to the catwalks overseeing the final point.

Right next to point C is the entrance to a three-store building (though the third floor is inaccessible) with a roomy interior, access to a veranda that oversees the bridges, and a connection to another building.

Checkpoint D – The Palace

The cart's final stretch consists of a left turn and a third bridge before following a narrow and ascending alleyway that turns right and heads into the Palace.

In front of the turn right after checkpoint C is the entrance to a building, where a bookshelf can be seen inside. This is a very large building with big rooms, which connects back to the one with the veranda overseeing the Village, to the alleyway, to a fenced veranda atop C, to the Palace's catwalks, to the back of the Palace's yard, and all the way to RED's last spawn.

After the cart crosses the third bridge, BLU can once again enter the building that connects the Village to the Palace's catwalks and the large building soon afterwards.


Main article: Community Venice strategy

Update history

July 12, 2023 Patch #1 (Summer 2023 Update)
  • Added Venice to the game.

July 27, 2023 Patch

  • Gameplay
    • Relocated first Blu spawn (now split into two individual spawns at random).
    • Moved 1st Red spawn further away into a new room.
    • Added new upper entrance into building next to Point A (thanks Delila).
    • Added new exit from 2nd Red spawn room.
    • Moved a building entrance near Point A to a new walkway area above.
    • Removed upper entrance and Point C routes in building next to Point B.
    • Added new raised position at the main open inside area between Points C and D.
    • Added new route near Point D.
    • Added new cubby spot at Point D.
    • Removed part of the balcony at the final Point.
    • Widened door between 2nd Blu spawn and Point B.
    • Removed a door to upper room near first Blu spawn & connected the balconies.
    • Opened section of the building next to Point C for faffing and uber charging.
    • Altered the underneath of the balcony at the building next to Point C.
    • Tweaked roof area near Point B to make it easier to counter.
    • Tweaked walkway between Points A and B.
    • Added some minor cover near Point A.
    • Lowered railing at above position near Point C for Turrets.
    • Added cubbies across the map to improve gameplay for Engineer, Spy, etc.
    • Removed Engineer building & added smoother clipping on the raised bridge.
    • Added/removed/moved some health & ammo.
  • Art
    • Improved lightmap scale across the map to produce nicer shadows.
    • Increased saturation and slightly adjusted style of some materials.
    • Expanded the 3D skybox and made it viewable from more locations across the map.
    • Fixed flag models.
    • Made certain areas feel less like empty spaces.
  • Misc
    • Fixed strange missing texture error in middle connector.
    • Fixed error in soundscapes.
    • Added more direction signs across the map.
    • Fixed misaligned Payload particles.
    • Boat near first Blu spawn has drifted off into the distance.
    • Other minor changes.

August 31, 2023 Patch

  • Added new exit for initial Blu spawn
  • Added new balcony outside Attic room above Point B
  • Added new balcony inside near Point D
  • Moved door on balcony near Point A (Thanks Billo)
  • Bridges now have solid side walls
  • Raised bridge is now less steep
  • Small building next to raised bridge is now taller
  • Added cover at Point C
  • Slightly adjusted balcony above Point D
  • Fixed being able to place turrets above Point D
  • Initial Blu spawn doors now close
  • Replaced fences at Blu spawn with buoys
  • Removed some interior props near Point D
  • The payload now sinks
  • Moved some health and ammo around
  • Updated navmesh
  • Lots of minor bug fixes
  • Lots of minor other changes