It’s Always Great when developers listen and engage with their fan base and deliver exactly what players have been asking for. Today at BlizzCon, the Overwatch team announced the game’s next hero, Moira.
The character is a support healer, but can also deliver a significant amount of damage. Additionally, Moira has Great unique abilitys, making her incredibly mobile on the battlefield.
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.
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.
Moira quickly teleports a short distance.
Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.
She’s fully playable on the BlizzCon show floor. She’ll hit Overwatch’s PTR before being added to the live game. Blizzard did not announce a timeline.
Blizzard’s new hero reveal aligns with the current Overwatch hero announcement cycle, which introduces a new character every three months or so.
In addition to the new charecter , Overwatch is also getting an exciting new map called “Blizzard World.” Essentially, it’s a virtual imagining of what a Blizzard theme park would look like, complete with areas based on games like Hearthstone, StarCraft, and Diablo. Unfortunately, it’ll be a while before you can play it; “Blizzard World” won’t be available until early 2018.
Overwatch’s last new hero, Doomfist, was released into the game on July 27 after being highly anticipated since the game’s release. Though not voiced by Terry Crews, Doomfist was immediately embraced by the Overwatch community. Blizzard also introduced an animated short and comic alongside the release.
The new hero, Moira, will be available to try at BlizzCon this weekend, and will be coming soon to the Overwatch PTR for all players on PC to try out. Judging by past experience, it’s usually around two weeks before a hero moves from the PTR to the live servers, so Overwatch fans will have to wait a little while longer before they start to see Moira in-game.