Overwatch introduces a new character called Orisa. Orisa has been officially announced for the massively popular multiplayer game following weeks of teasers, as many fans speculated on who would be joining the game next.
Orisa becomes the 24th Overwatch hero and the third character be added post-launch after Mexican hacker Sombra and Egyptian sniper Ana Amari.
New Overwatch Character is Orisa
Officially revealed today in a new developer update (above) and an origin story video (embedded below), Orisa is a robot and tank hero designed by 11 year old genius Efi Oladele. Efi created Orisa using parts of the OR-15 defense robots, as she felt that “Numbani needed a protector.”
Orisa isn’t perfect, as the robot’s character page describes her as an “occasional liability” who has “has much to learn about the world and her functionality.” However, the heartwarming bond between robot and human, Efi’s “boundless optimism” and Orisa’s “own growing sense of honor and duty,” mean that the new character makes for a great teammate and a committed guardian.
Able to defend and aid her teammates and launch attacks of her own, Orisa is the “central anchor” of the team. Her abilities include:
- Fusion Driver: Orisa deals sustained damage with her automatic projectile cannon but her movement is slowed while it is in use.
- Fortify: The new Overwatch character is able to temporarily reduce incoming damage and “cannot be affected by action-impairing effects.”
- Halt!: Orisa launches a a graviton charge which can then be detonated to slow enemies and pull them towards the explosion.
- Protective Barrier: The robot guardian can deploy a “stationary barrier” that protects both herself and her teammates from enemy fire.
- Supercharger: Orisa’s ultimate ability sees her deploy a device that increases the damage dealt by allies who are in her line of sight.
With Orisa designed to be the type of character that Overwatch players build a team around, the new character could well give the multiplayer a game a huge shake up. She’s currently in testing on the game’s (PC-only) PTR.
Non-gameplay wise, fans already seem to be responding to the character well, particularly enjoying her protective nature and her cluelessness. Fans also seem to like her creator, Efi, both welcoming another non-white female character to the roster and being glad that a young black girl is being portrayed as a brilliant inventor.
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