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Could the latest Overwatch PTR update hint at details of the next new hero?

Published: 31/Jan/2019 11:32 Updated: 31/Jan/2019 11:36

by Joe O'Brien


The recent changes on the Overwatch PTR could hint at a new mechanic being introduced with an upcoming hero.

The latest PTR patch features changes to the way health, armor and shields work. Some heroes have shielding that will automatically regenerate as part of their base “effective health pool” for instance, while other types of shielding and armor can be added temporarily on top by other abilities.

Going forward, the latter, non-recoverable type will always be targeted by damage first. Previously, armor could sit underneath recoverable shields, meaning that if enemies didn’t burn through those recoverable shields first then the “temporary” boost to a hero’s health pool could persist for a much longer time.

Overwatch player u/caldoran2 made a useful graphic to help visualize exactly how this change looks in-game.


What’s particularly interesting is the specification that “non-recoverable health” is included in the change. As of right now, there’s no such thing as “non-recoverable health” in Overwatch.

It seems very possible, therefore, that a future hero will be able to provide “non-recoverable health”, hence its explicit inclusion in the recent PTR update.

Non-recoverable health would presumably differ from the current options of health, shields, and armor by not mitigating incoming damage in any way, but also being immune to removal by the likes of Sombra’s EMP. It also presumably wouldn’t be replenished by healing in the way that base health is.

Based on the schedule that Blizzard have stuck to over the last couple of years, the game’s 30th hero should be arriving on the live servers near the end of March, with at least a few days of PTR testing beforehand and likely some clues in the weeks running up to the reveal.

Blizzard Entertainment“Echo” first appeared in the “Reunion” animated short that debuted at BlizzCon 2018.

Speculation about the next hero has of course already begun. Upon the reveal of Ashe as hero 29, many immediately assumed that the mysterious “Echo” – who also appeared in the “Reunion” animated short – was next in line.

Blizzard were quick to shut down these theories, however, stating that while Echo will be a hero at some point, she won’t be number 30. That leaves many fans falling back on old favorites such as the Junker Queen, ruler of Junkertown, or the rather compelling theory that Blizzard might be setting up Talon boss Antonio as a future hero.

As with Ashe, however, Blizzard have proven happy to drop new heroes with no prior hints or references, so it’s also very possible that the next hero could be an entirely new character once again.


Overwatch 2 reportedly won’t release in 2021, new heroes “unlikely”

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch 2 report is further casting doubt on the sequel releasing in 2021, but it hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of new heroes coming out for the current game.

Lots of new rumors about Overwatch 2 have been swirling lately, with notable insider Metro, who originally leaked info about the game prior to its announcement, claiming development is proceeding very slowly.

Now, an Overwatch League source has reportedly claimed that the 2021 season will only be played on one game.

According to a report from The Game Haus’ Robert Hanes, a team source revealed that the reason the season was delayed to April was for teams to get players’ visas approved and so the league could figure out the format.

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We’ve been waiting on Overwatch 2 news for what seems like forever.

This, unfortunately, rules out any hope fans may have had that the season’s delay was a sign that Overwatch 2 would be releasing soon.

While this doesn’t rule out a potential beta version of Overwatch 2 being released, especially with BlizzCon 2021 in February, it’s unlikely we get the full game in any capacity.

That all said, the source does have some potentially good news. When asked about new heroes coming in the 2021 season, the source said “TBD on new heroes, but seems unlikely.”

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Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch 2 is heavily focused on PvE gameplay.

Previously, the Overwatch devs have said that Echo would be the last hero released for the original game, so even getting a “to be decided” on this could give us a touch of hope.

If development is going very slow, it’s possible the devs may throw fans a bone in the form of a new hero to tide them over in the meantime.

The OWL season is scheduled to begin in April and conclude a few months later. Assuming a new hero isn’t revealed at BlizzCon, the only logical point to introduce a new character could be in-between one of the four tournaments.

Push game mode in Overwatch
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“Push” is a new game mode coming to Overwatch 2.

This narrows down the possible timeframes where a new hero could make their way to the game while still being playable during the season.

In any case, we’ll hopefully learn a lot more about Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, but at this rate, don’t expect to see a release date.