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Overwatch’s new character, Echo, can duplicate any enemy player


Overwatch’s 32nd hero, Echo, was announced recently, and now Blizzard has provided a run-down of her unique abilities.

Overwatch 2 may be at the forefront of a lot of players’ minds, but its announcement doesn’t mean that Blizzard is dropping support for the original game any time soon.

In fact, only yesterday it announced the inclusion of the game’s 32nd playable hero, Echo. Fans are already familiar with the character, as she had made appearances in Ashe’s announcement trailer and Overwatch 2’s cinematic trailer.

Created by the now-deceased Dr Mina Liao, one of the founding members of the Overwatch organisation, Echo has been described as an ‘evolutionary robot’ and ‘programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence.’

Today,
Blizzard posted a developer update video that has provided more of an in-depth
look at the character’s gameplay and her unique set of abilities.

Her
primary attack is called the Tri-Shot, which fires three shots at once, and she’s
equipped with Sticky Bombs, which will explode after a short time.

She
also has something called the Focusing Beam, which deals massive damage to
targets that have under half their health. Combined with her ability to fly
freely through the air, Echo sounds like she could be a force to be reckoned
with in an expert player’s hands.

About time she was added (Pic: Blizzard)

But
it’s her ultimate ability that makes her stand out, which is ironic since it
turns her into another character. Dubbed Duplicate, it allows Echo to transform
into any of the heroes on the enemy team and gain their abilities, including an
accelerated version of their ultimate ability.

According
to director Jeff Kaplan, these duplicates can remain in play for a ‘pretty significant
period of time,’ but they will be visually distinct, so other players will know
when Echo is imitating someone else.

Echo is available in the game’s public test region (PTR) right now, where Blizzard is likely keeping a close eye on her to see if she’s balanced properly. If not, she may need to remain in the PTR for the time being, since balancing, testing, and potentially fixing new characters takes quite a while.

Overwatch is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

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