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 30 playable heroes in Overwatch. Each hero offers a unique style of play, and is classified under one of three roles: Tank, Damage, or Support. Each team can only have 1 of each hero, although some Arcade game modes allow multiple. Players can switch heroes in the spawn room.

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

Hero roster[edit | edit source]


Heroes in Overwatch
 
Icon-D.Va.png
D.Va
Icon-Orisa.png
Orisa
Icon-Reinhardt.png
Reinhardt
Icon-Roadhog.png
Roadhog
Icon-Winston.png
Winston
Icon-Wrecking Ball.png
Wrecking Ball
Icon-Zarya.png
Zarya
Icon-ashe.png
Ashe
Icon-Bastion.png
Bastion
Icon-Doomfist.png
Doomfist
Icon-Genji.png
Genji
Icon-Hanzo.png
Hanzo
Icon-Junkrat.png
Junkrat
Icon-McCree.png
McCree
Icon-Mei.png
Mei
Icon-Pharah.png
Pharah
Icon-Reaper.png
Reaper
Icon-Soldier 76.png
Soldier: 76
Icon-Sombra.png
Sombra
Icon-Symmetra.png
Symmetra
Icon-Torbjörn.png
Torbjörn
Icon-Tracer.png
Tracer
Icon-Widowmaker.png
Widowmaker
Icon-Ana.png
Ana
Icon-Baptiste.png
Baptiste
Icon-Brigitte.png
Brigitte
Icon-Lúcio.png
Lúcio
Icon-Mercy.png
Mercy
Icon-Moira.png
Moira
Icon-Zenyatta.png
Zenyatta

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Heroes are controlled using a mouse and keyboard. Every hero has a unique weapon. Some heroes have multiple weapons, which can be switched using 1 and 2. Abilities are normally keyed to Shift, E, and Q (the ultimate ability). Heroes have 150 to 600 HP and move at a base speed of 5.5 m/s (execpt Genji and Tracer, whose base speed is 6 m/s).

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] When the Looking for Group feature was added, it became possible to enforce these roles.

List of Heroes by release date[edit | edit source]

There were originally 21 heroes at the launch of the game. Since then, 9 additional heroes have been added. New heroes are released every 4 months in March, July, and November. The November reveal happens during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon.

No. Hero Reveal Date Release Date
01 [5] Icon-Tracer.png Tracer 2014-11-07 7 November 2014
(Game announced)
2016-05-24 24 May 2016
(Game released)
02 [5] Icon-Reaper.png Reaper
03 [5] Icon-Widowmaker.png Widowmaker
04 [5] Icon-Pharah.png Pharah
05 [5] Icon-Reinhardt.png Reinhardt
06 [5] Icon-Mercy.png Mercy
07 [5] Icon-Torbjörn.png Torbjörn
08 [5] Icon-Hanzo.png Hanzo
09 [5] Icon-Winston.png Winston
10 [5] Icon-Zenyatta.png Zenyatta
11 [5] Icon-Bastion.png Bastion
12 [5] Icon-Symmetra.png Symmetra
13 Icon-Zarya.png Zarya 2015-03-10 10 March 2015
14 Icon-McCree.png McCree
15 Icon-Soldier 76.png Soldier: 76 2015-07-07 7 July 2015
16 Icon-Lúcio.png Lúcio 2015-08-05 5 August 2015
17 Icon-Roadhog.png Roadhog 2015-09-22 22 September 2015
18 Icon-Junkrat.png Junkrat
19 Icon-D.Va.png D.Va 2015-11-06 6 November 2015
20 Icon-Mei.png Mei
21 Icon-Genji.png Genji
22 Icon-Ana.png Ana 2016-07-12 12 July 2016 2016-07-19 19 July 2016
23 Icon-Sombra.png Sombra 2016-11-04 4 November 2016 2016-11-15 15 November 2016
24 Icon-Orisa.png Orisa 2017-03-02 2 March 2017 2017-03-21 21 March 2017
25 Icon-Doomfist.png Doomfist 2017-07-06 6 July 2017 2017-07-27 27 July 2017
26 Icon-Moira.png Moira 2017-11-03 3 November 2017 2017-11-16 16 November 2017
27 Icon-Brigitte.png Brigitte 2018-02-28 28 February 2018 2018-03-20 20 March 2018
28 Icon-Wrecking Ball.png Wrecking Ball 2018-06-28 28 June 2018 2018-07-24 24 July 2018
29 Icon-ashe.png Ashe 2018-11-02 2 November 2018 2018-11-13 13 November 2018
30 Icon-Baptiste.png Baptiste 2019-02-25 25 February 2019 2019-03-19 19 March 2019

Development[edit | edit source]

Design Process[edit | edit source]

When a hero is pitched, a group of five developers examine the concept from the perspectives of gameplay, character concept and story to see if the idea is worth fleshing out. If that's in the affirmative and the concept is settled, the team of five becomes a team of ten to fifteen, who are tasked with "finding the fun" in the hero and bringing out its "core." This includes work on art, design, engineering, audio and quality assurance. Once this is completed, the hero gains (or will have gained) forty or more developers, which build its respective content (skins, emotes, voice lines, etc.)

After the hero is fully playable, a different group is brought in to build the hero's story; by this point around eighty developers. These individuals work on material such as origin videos, comics and animated shorts. After that, the hero then needs to be publicized. By this last stage, over 150 individuals will have worked on the hero in some form.[6]

Cut Heroes[edit | edit source]

The following heroes were cut during development of the game:

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

Upcoming Heroes[edit | edit source]

  • Echo, originally named "Iris," is planned to become a playable hero in the future.[8] She probably will not be Hero 31.[9] Echo appears in the animated short Reunion.

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.[10] The string has long since been removed.

See also[edit | edit source]

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. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Blizzcon 2017 - Making of Overwatch
  6. 2018-11-03, OVERWATCH: BUILDING A HERO. Blizzpro, accessed on 2018-11-14
  7. 2017-11-05, OVERWATCH ARCHIVES PANEL. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-11-19
  8. Emongg's live Ashe gameplay stream with Jeff Kaplan
  9. 2019-03-11, ECHO IS NOT HERO 31! | Joshua Noh OW Developer Interview Part 2 years | German Subtitles ★ Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2019-03-12
  10. 2016-05-24, Overwatch Visual Source Book. pp. 168. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-11-26.