Blizzard draws criticism over new Overwatch character ‘Orisa’ as some players complain that the developer has introduced yet another new female character to the game. Fans note that the quadruped is the third female character in a row to join the multiplayer game.
Introduced last week as a robot guardian, Orisa is a tank with shielding and damage boosting abilities.
Overwatch: Blizzard Criticised Over Female Character Orisa
In the comments of the videos that introduce Orisa and discuss her backstory and across social media, some have rallied against the introduction of the character, saying that she is the third new character in a row to be female.
Orisa follows sniper Ana and hacker character Sombra as the third female character to be added to Overwatch post-launch and some argue that there’s already enough women in the game. Here, one YouTube user says “Great… another female … like there weren’t enough of those …” while in another comment, a user says that although they aren’t “sexist” it’s “disappointing” that all of the new heroes to be added to Overwatch so far are female.
But when taking into account the Overwatch team’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity and looking at the Overwatch character roster as a whole, it’s not as though Blizzard is slam dunking gender parity into the toilet. There are 12 male characters on the roster and 11 female characters including Ana, Sombra and Orisa who were all added post-launch. Bastion does not have a gender, Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu previously confirmed.
Even if you excluded all primate and robotic Overwatch characters (Winston, Zenyatta and Orisa), there would be 10 male Overwatch characters and 10 female Overwatch characters. If you exclude Ana, It seems likely that Blizzard has introduced three female characters in a row for this very reason.
On a more positive note, most players do seem to be embracing the lovable robot protector, suggesting that she’d be best friends with Bastion and, adorably, that she’d enjoy hanging out with D.VA’s mech.