Heroes

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This article is about playable characters. For the animated short, see Hero.
All of the heroes, as of 2015

There are currently 26 playable hero characters in Overwatch. Each fits into one of four roles and has unique abilities. A team can not have more than one of the same hero at one time and players can switch between heroes during a game.

The exception for this is in the Arcade game mode No Limits, where players are given the ability to stack the same character multiple times on one team. Another game mode in the Arcade, titled Mystery Heroes, picks the hero a player will use for them. It is possible that the same hero will be picked for two or more players. A newer Arcade game mode, known as All Brawls!, chooses a specific set of heroes for players to choose. This game mode, too, makes it possible for there to be two or more of the same hero on one team.

Heroes come from a variety of national/ethnic backgrounds, and occasionally speak in their native languages during matches.[1]


Heroes in Overwatch
 
Doomfist
Doomfist
Genji
Genji
McCree
McCree
Pharah
Pharah
Reaper
Reaper
Soldier: 76
Soldier: 76
Sombra
Sombra
Tracer
Tracer
Bastion
Bastion
Hanzo
Hanzo
Junkrat
Junkrat
Mei
Mei
Torbjörn
Torbjörn
Widowmaker
Widowmaker
D.Va
D.Va
Orisa
Orisa
Reinhardt
Reinhardt
Roadhog
Roadhog
Winston
Winston
Zarya
Zarya
Ana
Ana
Lúcio
Lúcio
Mercy
Mercy
Moira
Moira
Symmetra
Symmetra
Zenyatta
Zenyatta

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Heroes are controlled using a mouse and keyboard. Abilities are keyed to Shift, E, 1 and 2, and an Ultimate ability is controlled with Q. Heroes exchange specific dialogue with each other based on their character history during matches and background.[1]

Heroes will be added over time post-launch as free updates.[2] Jeff Kaplan has not ruled out removing heroes from the roster in the future.[3]

The idea of classes for heroes was to make it easier for new players to get into the game, and to easily understand how each character would play.[4]

Cut Heroes[edit | edit source]

The following heroes were cut during development of the game:

Named[edit | edit source]

An early heroes pitch—some heroes are in the final version

Unnamed[edit | edit source]

  • A female Russian hero was pitched in the early days of development. She would be riding a bear and dual-wielding AK-47s. Her ultimate would be for the bear to also pull out dual AKs.[5]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Overwatch development team added a dummy string very early on containing the name of a fake hero: Dying Breed. This was done to identify if the game's files were datamined and uploaded to the internet. They forgot to remove the string when the beta was shipped, and it created some confusion among the team members who discovered it for the first time.[6] The string has long since been removed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2015-08-16, Reddit Q&A about Solider 76 | Overwatch. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-08-06
  2. 2015-12-07, DEV UPDATE TALKS FREE FUTURE HEROES, GAME SYSTEM AND OPTIONS UPDATES. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-12-15
  3. Game Informer #81: Designing Overwatch: From Titan to Torbjörn
  4. 2017-05-17, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan Answers Overwatch Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED. YouTube, accessed on 2017-05-18
  5. 2017-11-05, OVERWATCH ARCHIVES PANEL. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-11-19
  6. 2016-05-24, Overwatch Visual Source Book. pp. 168. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-11-26.