Today, Blizzard Entertainment has announced Overwatch’s newest character: Orisa. Blizzard had dropped teases and hints on social media and in game about a new character joining the roster for quite some time now, but now that time has finally arrived.
So who is Orisa? Blizzard describes her as:
Orisa serves as the central anchor of her team, and defends her teammates from the frontline with a protective barrier. She can attack from long range, fortify her own defenses, launch graviton charges to slow and move enemies, and deploy a Supercharger to boost the damage output of multiple allies at once.
Her abilities include:
Orisa’s automatic projectile cannon delivers sustained damage, but slows her movement while she fires it.
Orisa temporarily reduces damage she takes, and cannot be affected by action-impairing effects.
Orisa launches a graviton charge which she can detonate, slowing nearby enemies and pulling them towards the explosion.
Orisa throws out a stationary barrier that can protect her and her allies from enemy fire.
Orisa deploys a device to increase damage inflicted by allies within her line of sight.
Blizzard also released an animated origin story for their newest hero:
The announcement of Overwatch’s newest edition was made by Game Director Jeff Kaplan. The entire Developer Update video can be viewed below:
Jeff Kaplan states that they will continue to work on her until she is ready. Orisa is currently available on the Overwatch Public Test Realm if you wish to try her out.