Blizzard Unveils a New Character For Overwatch

Soldier 76
We're all soldiers now

Soldier 76

After weeks of teasing, Blizzard has finally revealed the newest member of the Overwatch lineup: Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is a vigilante who is working to unveil the conspiracy that brought about the death of the Overwatch organization. He brings the different kinds of tech he stole from Overwatch facilities to battle such as the pulse rifle he’s holding and a biotic field.

Soldier 76 is categorized into the offensive class role. His entire kit is dedicated to supporting the heavy pulse rifle and how it plays.

The pulse rifle itself fires in two modes, automatic (which has little bullet deviation and no recoil) and in a rocket mode. Based on the video, the rocket looks like it can immediately kill a light character like Zenyatta in one direct hit.

His biotic field heals teammates in the area he drops the device in. This looks like it would be incredibly useful in holding a chokepoint with teammates or keeping stationary teammates like Bastion alive for longer.


The orange visor is what tells people you’ve activated your ultimate

His ultimate automatically targets the opponent closest to his reticle. If that opponent dies or moves out of vision range then it will lock onto another target. This ability seems amazing for wiping an entire team that is preoccupied with a team fight. It is also very similar to McCree’s ultimate, except Soldier 76 deals assured damage whereas McCree must keep them in his view long enough to one hit kill them.

If you would like to read more information on Overwatch characters please visit our articles covering the 10 minutes of gameplay footage on each of these characters:
Bastion
Pharah
Winston
Widowmaker
Zarya

 

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