Major Overwatch Announcements From BlizzCon Bring New Healer, Map, and Animated Short

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BlizzCon kicked off today and there are a slew of announcements for their games. Multiple videos were released by Blizzard, which we tweeted. They highlighted the new character, Moira, a Talon Geneticist, Blizzard World, a new map, as well as a new Animated Short about Reinhardt.

Moira is the evil healer fans have been waiting for. She is already a fan favorite as she brings many requested features the internet has been asking for. Her abilties are listed as:

Role: SUPPORT Moira’s biotic abilities enable her to contribute healing or damage in any crisis. While Biotic Grasp gives Moira short-range options, her Biotic Orbs contribute longer-range, hands-off damage and healing; she can also Fade to escape groups or remain close to allies in need of support. Once she’s charged Coalescence, Moira can save multiple allies from elimination at once or finish off weakened enemies.

BIOTIC GRASP Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her. Her right hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.

BIOTIC ORB Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals the allies it passes through, or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.

FADE Moira quickly teleports a short distance.

COALESCENCE (Ultimate) Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.

I’m really glad to see a healer with an offensive ult added to the game. More teleportation abilities are always a good thing in my book as well. It’ll be interesting to see how well she plays as a healer when it looks like Blizzard is trying to split hairs with her kit, like Zenyatta.


Blizzard World is the new hybrid map that seems to really get meta. Similar to Heroes of the Storm, it is a mash-up of all the different game universes of Blizzard. It is a theme park featuring zones based on World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. It will be a hybrid map where you must capture a point to unlock the payload and then move it to the final destination.

Finally, a new animated short featured Reinhardt in the aftermath of Winston’s call to arms in the game’s introductory cutscene. He reminisces about his younger days before Overwatch’s collapse. It is as funny and heart-wrenching as you’d expect from Blizzard’s shorts. We need a movie already.

Source: Overwatch Blog

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