Jeff and the Overwatch team have been very busy preparing for this year's BlizzCon. In the midst of the ongoing Overwatch World Cup they decided to reveal a new hero and a new map. Reinhardt also got his own cinematic.
BlizzCon is underway as we speak and a river of news regarding Overwatch has poured out. Hold the line people, we're going in.
A new hero. Meet Moira O’Deorain. She is bedevilled by the mysteries of creation and the one responsible for the creation of Reaper. Congrats Mercy, you're off the hook.
Here's what we know:
Moira’s biotic abilities enable her to contribute healing or damage in any crisis. While Biotic Grasp gives Moira short-range options, her Biotic Orbs contribute longer-range, hands-off damage and healing; she can also Fade to escape groups or remain close to allies in need of support. Once she’s charged Coalescence, Moira can save multiple allies from elimination at once or finish off weakened enemies.
Biotic Grasp: Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her. Her right hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.
Biotic Orb: Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals the allies it passes through, or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.
Fade: Moira quickly teleports a short distance.
Coalescence: Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.
The new hero will not come to Overwatch alone. A new map is also in the works. The new map is a hybrid theme park that combines Blizzard's games into one big attraction.
Lastly, we have Reinhardt's backstory in the form of another cinematic. The clip shows a young, overly confident Reinhardt who puts his team in danger, loses an eye and inadvertently gets his mentor killed.
This turn of events gets Reinhardt to join Overwatch and fight a war "Bigger than all of us."
If you will now excuse me, I have to go punch a wall. Here's a gallery.