32nd hero has been revealed, an omnic named Echo.
Blizzard had teased Overwatch’s next hero reveal in recent days, but made things official this morning with the drop of Echo’s story trailer, which you can watch below.
While not much else is known yet about Echo, the official trailer description describes them by saying “an evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, Echo represents the cutting edge of technology.” The story trailer shows Echo as a robot made by a member of Overwatch to “help the world.” One shot also shows a young Soldier 76 inviting its creator to Overwatch despite her having a hand in creating Omnics in the first place.
But this isn’t even close to the first time we’ve seen Echo, with the Overwatch community speculating about Echo’s arrival for years now – though the assumption was generally that they would be named Athena. Echo appeared in an Overwatch animated short called Reunion way back in 2018, and has technically been “in the game” the whole time as the payload on Route 66. A similar looking robot can even be seen in an extremely early piece of concept part.
Details on Echo’s abilities aren’t available yet, nor when they might be added (though the official YouTube channel says “Coming Soon”), but we’ll be sure to update this post when we know either.
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