Overwatch Echo is the game's next hero, Blizzard revealed Wednesday. She will be the 32nd playable hero in the game.
Blizzard made the reveal with a video detailing Echo's origin story. Echo is a powerful AI created by Dr. Mina Liao, a prominent Omnic-focused scientist and believer in Omnic rights. After working for Omnica Corporation before the Omnic Crisis, Liao joined Overwatch to develop further AI advancements. She is the last founding member of Overwatch to be revealed, with the other five being Soldier: 76, Reaper, Reinhardt, Ana and Torbjörn.
Overwatch Echo Revealed as Hero 32
Blizzard released three teasers this week building anticipation for Echo's reveal, including one hours before the final reveal. The teasers dug into Liao's backstory and hinted obliquely at her death, while the final origin story video tied the three together.
Liao was killed in an attack on her laboratory, but not before she completed work on Echo.
Echo first debuted in the Overwatch animated short "Reunion," released at BlizzCon 2018. She has remained in development since then, with multiple hero releases taking place before she finally made it to the game. Throughout that long gestation period, Blizzard assured Overwatch fans she would eventually make it to the game.
Blizzard has yet to announce a firm release date for Echo, and her abilities remain mysterious.