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Echo officially announced as Overwatch’s 32nd Hero

by Michael Gwilliam
Blizzard Entertainment

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Echo has officially been revealed as Overwatch’s 32nd hero following a series of teasers throughout the week.

In the Echo origin story, it is revealed that Liao was recruited by Soldier 76 to fight Omnics because she helped build them, thus making her an ideal candidate.

At some point it seems that the Omnics rebelled, making her question whether she made the world a better place, but ultimately ended up creating Echo - her life's work.

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The origin story begins with Liao's voice over, but then transitions to Echo's. Two things are unclear: if Liao is still alive and what hero role Echo will be, but we expect more details to be revealed very soon.

For three days straight, the official Overwatch Twitter and Facebook accounts have been posting photos and videos believed to be leading up to the unveiling of the next hero.

While signs were already pointing towards Echo, the new teaser image was the most obvious hint thus far.

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Echo is Overwatch's 32nd hero.

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The image is taken from a file named “Cargo Manifest” which also contains an attached photo of the Route 66 payload.

As Overwatch fans learned during the Reunion animated short released at BlizzCon 2018, Echo was hidden inside of the payload only to be rescued by the video’s protagonist McCree.

In the short, the Deadlock gang along with Ashe derails the train on Route 66 and begin to load its cargo onto the payload.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKYVvPNhRR0

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Eventually, McCree defeats the gang and frees Echo from her container. This eventually leads into the Overwatch 2 announcement short released one year later with Echo joining the fight alongside a newly regrouped Overwatch team.

The other hero teasers have mentioned the character of Liao – one of the founding members of Overwatch and the creation of some sort of project to turn the tides against anti-Omnic violence.

It’s likely Echo will appear on the PTR Thursday, as that’s when Blizzard normally updates the test servers for any major changes such as new heroes.