Long-time Overwatch fans have been expecting Echo's launch to be just a matter of time, especially since eagle-eyed users caught glimpses of her in Ashe's announcement trailer. Following a breadcrumb trail of hints and bits of lore, Blizzard now launched her origin trailer.
To be fair though, Echo happens to be one of the oldest Overwatch heroes around, but you'd be forgiven for not noticing her. She's not in-game though and can actually be found in the first finished concept art pieces, peeking over Tracer.
The decision to add A to her forehead was the artist's call, but it was purely meant to fill up the vacant space on her airport-grade forehead. So A is for Echo, whose time has finally come.
"Introducing Echo. An evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, Echo represents the cutting edge of technology", the description reads.
That's as far as the official description goes, although there are a few bits that touched upon certain aspects of Overwatch's next hero.
In one of their recent tweets, Blizzard posted an excerpt from the personal log of Dr. Mina Liao, who is Echo's creator. In the log, Liao discusses the omnics and contemplates the human race's fear-induced senseless violence against them.
"Those omnic monks in Nepal stating that they believe that they possess souls, just as we do, and just the other day I read a story about manufacturing omnics in London walking off the line claiming they 'heard the music' and wanting to search for meaning in life", the log reads on.
Liao's attempts to manufacture artificial life and have it live up to its full potential were clearly successful. Having said that, it seems fairly clear that Echo will walk this path alone. Well, not counting your beautiful selves.