Blizzard has revealed Overwatch's new hero, a mechanical centaur known as Orisa. And unlike Bastion - one of the game's more popular robot heroes that fills a defensive role, she's a tank class character that can absorb large amounts of damage and has her gameplay designed around protection.
Overwatch's newest member Orisa hit Blizzard's public test realm earlier this morning.
Efi Oladele created Orisa as an advanced version of the OR-15 robots to withstand the power of Doomfist, as the 11-year-old inventor explains in the origin story below.
Orisa serves as the central anchor of her team, and defends her teammates from the frontline with a protective barrier. Her alternate fire, Halt!, launches a graviton charge across the map, slowing nearby enemies as it passes, then pulling them toward it when it detonates. She has elements of Zarya (range), Reinhardt (shield) and D.
It's her ultimate, though, that bears some special mention: she can supercharge her allies, boosting their damage as long as they remain in line of sight with her.
Overall, Orisa looks like a good defense tank with a strong mix of abilities.
On paper, she already seems like a fun hero, and will likely serve as an interesting mix-up option for folks exhausted of pulling down the same tank classes.
Alongside this new trailer, Blizzard also posted her official character page - which goes over all her abilities. "And what we mean by that is that Reinhardt nearly anchors the entire team".
Along with introducing us to Orisa, the video also confirms that Doomfist was the one responsible for the airport attack. In a developer update, Jeff Kaplan goes through some of the inspiration for Orisa, which you can watch in the video below, but I'll go over a few of the main points if you don't have time to watch the almost thirteen minute video.
Unlike with the Sombra announcement where we were left to kind of guess about her abilities after watching the animated short, today we're given the full compliment of Orisa's kit right away. Since it can be deployed from a distance, she can use it to protect teammates whom she is behind. Orisa is the creation of genius girl child Efi Odele, who hails from the city of Numbani. The barrier is thrown a bit like Junkrat's trap, but it has better range so you can place it more or less wherever you like.
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