Original Overwatch characters are important to remember considering how far the game's roster has come since its May 2016 release.


Overwatch is a first-person shooter developed by Blizzard. The game features a 6-vs-6 base with players competing in multiple game modes. There is a wide array of heroes from which to choose, now totaling 30. Heroes are divided into three categories: Tank, Damage and Support.


Although new faces have joined the fray post-release, who are the original characters from when Overwatch released? Here's everything you need to know.


Original Overwatch Characters


Here is a list of the original 21 heroes in Overwatch:


  • Bastion
  • D.Va
  • Doomfist
  • Genji
  • Hanzo
  • Junkrat
  • Lucio
  • McCree
  • Mei
  • Mercy
  • Pharah
  • Reaper
  • Reinhardt
  • Roadhog
  • Soldier: 76
  • Symmetra
  • Torbjorn
  • Tracer
  • Widowmaker
  • Winston
  • Zarya
  • Zenyatta


Since launch, nine new heroes have been added bringing the total tally to 30. Here are those heroes and their respective release dates:


  • Ana - July 19, 2016
  • Sombra - Nov. 15, 2016
  • Orisa - March 21, 2017
  • Doomfist - July 27, 2017
  • Moira - Nov. 16, 2017
  • Brigitte - March 20, 2018
  • Wrecking Ball - July 24, 2018
  • Ashe - Nov. 13, 2018
  • Baptiste - March 19, 2019


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