Update: New hero Orisa was released!
Despite being released May last year, Overwatch has quickly gained ground to become one of the most popular video games in the market today. However, this is unsurprising when you consider its’ highly developed characters called heroes, and the fact that new game content is released every month. We’ve taken a liking to this game, as you can tell by our coverage of Overwatch updates in our previous posts.
The initial heroes of the game were 21 playable characters split up into offense, defense, tank and support roles and included; Genji, Soldier: 76, Reaper, Tracer, McCree, Pharah, Baston, Mei, Widowmaker, Hanzo, Junkrat, Torbjörn, Winston, Roadhog, D.Va, Zarya, Reinhardt, Mercy, Lucio, Symmetra and Zenyatta. However, it is well-known that more playable heroes will be added, amidst speculation that some might also be removed. In light of this, July 2016 saw the addition of Ana Amari who plays a support role. Sombra, an offense hero, was added four months later.
New Overwatch Hero?
Currently, the best bet on a new hero is Efi Oladele, a child prodigy, and robotics genius. An 11-year old from Numbani, Efi was given a robotic kit by her parents at an early age which cultivated her interest in artificial intelligence. This interest has seen her on the receiving end of a number of prestigious awards, including the highly-coveted Adawe Foundation grant. In a faux interview, Efi boasts of her skills and prowess and reveals an obsession with creating robots and drones to assist her with house chores. As expected, there are minimal details on her role or other abilities, or when she will become playable. However, it is safe to assume that considering her age she might be kept out of the active battlefield.
Word on the grapevine was that Doomfist would be the latest addition, however, Kaplan, one of the series directors, seems to have ruled him out in one of the game’s forums. Despite his popularity in Overwatch lore, Doomfist remains a mystery. What we do know is that Doomfist is not a single individual, but rather a title passed down among a series of equally mysterious individuals. Mezten described this character as a ‘generational hero’, akin to the legendary Green Lantern and the Flash. Three individuals have taken up the title of Doomfist identifying as the Savior, the Scourge, and the Successor respectively.
Athena and Liao
There are rumors that other characters, namely Athena and Liao, might soon get playable hero upgrades. Athena, a computer system, is the game’s narrator. She is a friend and valuable asset to Winston in Overwatch lore, as she keeps track of his health and assists him with his creations. Athena plays a crucial role in the series of events which initiates the game although, she almost gets infected by a virus uploaded by the Reaper. Athena would be an effortless addition to the playable characters of the game and is seemingly perfect for a support role given the role she plays in guiding Overwatch agents.
Liao is one of the most mysterious characters of the game. All that is known about him is that he was one of the founding members of Overwatch together with the Reaper, Soldier:76 and others.
Now that you’ve been “leaked” the next Overwatch hero releases, get back to claiming your Skill Rating in competitive! Our friends at Boostards actually made a nifty complete guide detailing all the changes that Overwatch’s competitive game mode underwent during their Season 2 update. You can read more about that over here!