After a few days of teasing, Blizzard has finally revealed the next hero to join the ever-growing roster of its colorful team shooter Overwatch: an armor-clad support character name Brigitte. In the fiction of Overwatch, Brigitte is the daughter of the mechanically inclined hero Torbjorn, and an apprentice to Reinhardt. Blizzard has been hinting at the reveal for a few days through some cryptic clues, including a letter penned by Torbjörn, and several pieces of art for what appeared to be blueprints for the new character’s weapon and shield.
Here’s how Blizzard describes her:
The daughter of weapons designer, Torbjörn Lindholm, Brigitte was the first of his children to show an interest in mechanical engineering. Brigitte spent much of her spare time in her father’s workshop, learning the trade and honing her skills. Her aptitude for engineering mirrored that of her father’s, but Brigitte’s primary interest was in armor fabrication and defensive systems, unlike Torbjörn, who was world renowned (and perhaps infamous) for the weapons he created.
Brigitte specializes in armor and defense. She can throw Repair Packs to heal teammates, or automatically heal nearby allies when she damages foes with her Flail. Her Flail is capable of a wide swing to strike multiple targets, or a Whip Shot that stuns an enemy at range. When entering the fray, Barrier Shield provides personal defense while she attacks enemies with Shield Bash. Brigitte’s ultimate ability, Rally, gives her a substantial short-term boost of speed and provides long-lasting armor to all her nearby allies.
Brigitte becomes the 27th addition to the game. Most recently, Blizzard added a mad scientist support character named Moira late last year. The developer has also been steadily updating the game with other content, including the Blizzard World theme park map, as well as a hefty amount of cosmetic upgrades for characters to purchase and unlock.
In addition to the game itself, Blizzard has also been expanding the competitive scene around Overwatch. In January, the developer kicked off its ambitious new Overwatch League, an e-sports league featuring a dozen teams from around the world and owners that include some of the biggest names in traditional sports.
Blizzard says Brigitte is live on the game’s test servers, and will be available to everyone else “soon.”