Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan shared Saturday that Overwatch's 30th hero would not be Echo, and that Hero 30 was already fully playable in Blizzard's internal tests.
Kaplan revealed this information during a stream with the Atlanta Reign-sponsored Overwatch streamer FRAN. At various points in the broadcast, Kaplan addressed Hero 30, stating both, "Echo is not Hero 30," and "Hero 30, at this point, is full-blown playable in our playtests."
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Echo's reveal occurred in the Overwatch animated short "Reunion," which premiered Saturday at BlizzCon. Her appearance in the short suggested to many fans she would become the 30th hero to join the Overwatch roster, following Ashe's reveal as the 29th.
BlizzCon brought a slew of information about Ashe, including her highlight intros, origin story, and her legendary skins. Blizzard also took the opportunity to shed some light on the developmental state of Overwatch, revealing that six heroes are currently in development.
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