Over the past few weeks, the Overwatch community has been closely investigating various hints by Blizzard in regards to a new hero. Many of these suggested that the next Overwatch hero would be Doomfist but the truth was actually much more unexpected.
The latest addition to Overwatch’s roster is Orisa, a guardian robot created by Efi Oladele, the genius child from Numbani. As such, Orisa represents the youngest hero in Overwatch’s timeline as she is merely a month old.
Orisa is based on the OR15 bots who had been assigned to protect the citizens of Numbani. After the airport attack by Doomfist, which led to the decommission of the OR15 defense robots, Efi purchased one of the cores from the civil government.
Then, she started working on several upgrades, which led to the creation of Orisa. The final addition, and what makes Orisa truly stand out from the standard OR15 robots, is a personality core designed by Efi herself. If you would like a visual of her story, her Origins video can be found below.
Orisa’s design is certainly one of the most interesting ones to come out of Overwatch’s art department yet. The design and writing teams have made some interesting comments about how this hero came to life, including the introduction of Efi and her establishment as a child genius.
Fans were also pleasantly surprised, especially considering that this is a female character that breaks every stereotype there is. Everything from her introduction to her design and gameplay style has been met with positive feedback from the community, despite some disappointment over Doomfist.
As for her kit, Orisa fills the role of what the developers are now calling an “anchor tank”.
As Jeff Kaplan explains in the Developer Update, the idea was to make a hero which would work in a similar way to Reinhardt.
While he does not have much in the way of mobility, Reinhardt can offer considerable protection to his team via his barrier. Anyone familiar with the hero will understand how to position themselves for and against him and he needs to keep close to his team to be most effective.
Orisa will fulfill a similar role, albeit in a different way. At her core, she will also be an anchor tank, meaning that teams will have to work with her to engage efficiently. Interestingly, she is also able to attack from a fairly long range though her spread is quite high.
Her abilities are as follows:
- Fusion Driver: Orisa’s automatic projectile cannon delivers sustained damage, but slows her movement while she fires it.
- Fortify: Orisa temporarily reduces damage she takes, and cannot be affected by action-impairing effects.
- Halt!: 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.
- Supercharger: Orisa deploys a device to increase damage inflicted by allies within her line of sight.
When deployed correctly, the Supercharger can be an incredibly efficient ultimate. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the device can be destroyed by enemies. Making sure that your team can take advantage of its effects while keeping it protected from enemy players can make or break the ability.
If you are heading to the PTR to test Orisa, then you should also be on the lookout for some nerfs to Bastion and Zarya. After his recent buffs, Bastion has been a dominant pick but Blizzard wants to tone him down somewhat.