02 Mar Overwatch’s Brand New Hero, Orisa, is Now Playable

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As if you needed another excuse to keep playing. As if you needed another excuse to keep playing.

The game’s 24th hero can be found right now on the public test realm.

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that previously teased new Overwatch hero is now fully playable. The newly added character, Orisa, can be found right now on the game’s public test realm.

For those seeking out a detailed rundown of Orisa, her Hero Preview page can be found on the game’s official site. The post confirmed (as hardcore fans previously theorized) that, “Orisa is a four-legged robot designed by a brilliant 11-year-old engineer named Efi Oladele to keep the peace in Numbani.”

The preview also provides a quick rundown of the hero’s abilities. “Orisa's main weapon is her rapid-fire Fusion Driver," it explains, "an automatic gun with good range and accuracy even at a distance—though it comes at a cost, as Orisa’s movement slows down while she fires. 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.

“Her Fortify ability boosts her personal defense, reducing damage taken and making her unstoppable for a short time. She can throw a device that creates a curved, stationary Protective Barrier, perfect for intercepting projectiles and shielding teammates. Lastly, as her ultimate ability, Orisa deploys a high-powered Supercharger that beams a buff to allies within its range, increasing the damage they can inflict on the opposing team.”

Overwatch director, Jeff Kaplan, sheds even more light on the character’s back story, abilities, and overall strategy in a video released through the game’s YouTube channel (see above). 

Does Orisa sound like a character you can’t wait to test drive? If you have already checked out the character on the PTR, what are your thoughts so far? Let us know in the comments!

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