Overwatch's Newest Hero Is Echo, A Long-Awaited AI Robot

The new short story seems to start with an ending, as an explosion throws Dr. Mina Liao, one of the six founders of the Overwatch organization and the creator of the omnics, into the air. The latter is a little different from Mercy's glide mechanic, according to Kaplan, as Echo falls faster but can move more quickly horizontally. Reunion was the introduction to Ashe, the game's 29th hero. Since then, the developers have been hard at working putting Echo together and getting her ready for launch. The trailer is titled as Echo's origin story. So A is for Echo, whose time has finally come.

How do you think will Echo fit into your Overwatch squad?

It is possible that Echo is the new hero, but the nature of the audio clip suggests that the experiment might have been a failure, opening up a slew of other possibilities. That day is now. Echo was part of Project Titan, the canceled game from Blizzard Entertainment, which eventually became Overwatch. This might be disappointing for support players, but Jeff insures us "that there is a big list of support and tanks in development for Overwatch 2". The teases continued until the official announcement of Echo. Previous to Overwatch, Liao was a renowned robotics and artificial intelligence scientist and worked for the Omnica Corporation. Overwatch's previously released hero, Sigma, was playable back in July 2019.

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Echo's release comes after an eight-month window, which is slightly longer than the game's typical quarterly releases. The focus for the next couple of heroes, will be on Overwatch 2.

As for when Overwatch 2, and those new heroes, will arrive, that remains unclear. "We even used Echo as an example of what we wanted Overwatch to be", Kaplan said. On top of the entry log, is "March XXth", which could be an indication of the release date if the date on the image has anything to do with it.

  • Delia Davidson