Overwatch’s Newest Hero Orisa Now Active
Blizzards first person shooter Overwatch was released almost a year ago and still remains immensely popular. While many Call of Duty or Battlefield players have already moved on to new games (or the newest iteration of the same), Overwatch is still drawing in massive crowds.
This can be probably thanked in part to Blizzard constantly tweaking the game. From bug squashing to themed events to new play modes, the team at Blizzard seems to be putting out new content at a steady rate.
This week saw the developers release the 3rd new Hero to the game since its initial release. First came Ana, a sniper rifle wielding support hero that can buff, heal, and also damage. Then Sombra, a DPS hacker who is definitely not the easiest to master.
This week we get Orisa, a massive four-legged robot with a wide variety of abilities. Orissa has been hanging out in the Public Test Realm (PTR) for a while, letting players give their input on the new hero. But as of Tuesday, you can now play Orisa in casual play.
Why only casual? Blizzard designer Scott Mercer explains in an official forum post: “Orisa will not initially be available for Competitive Play. We want to give players some time to learn about and play Orisa before she’s placed into the crucible of Competitive Play”.
Much like how Ana took her time to be effective in the competitive Meta (and how Sombra is still trying to carve out a role), Blizzard wants to easy Orisa into the mix.
So what does this new hero do?
Here are her powers:
- FUSION DRIVER
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.
- PROTECTIVE BARRIER
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.
So get your copies of Overwatch updated and give Orisa a try. Have you experimented with this new hero yet? Let us know in the comments below.