Overwatch’s next character is witchy healer Moira

The next character coming to Overwatch is a witchy pixie named Moira, Blizzard revealed during BlizzCon today. All right, Blizzard say she’s a “geneticist” from Dublin but I know a pix-o-witch when I see one. Moira will wield powers of life and death, zapping beams and blasting balls that can heal allies but harm enemies.

Also coming is a new map set in a theme park based on Blizzard games. Named Blizzard World, it has zones and rides inspired by bits from World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and others. That is delightful. Here, come look at all this new stuff.

First, Moira. Magic (or technology, or whatever) flows through her fingertips, with her right hand blasting a beam that harms enemies to recharge her biotic enemies, while her left hand can use that energy to blast healbeams.

She can also blast bouncing balls that ricochet around levels, set to either heal allies or harm foes. She can also teleport, because technology. And unleashing her full power, she can zap a megabeam both healing allies and hurting enemies – even bypassing barriers.

Blizzard say she’s “coming soon”. Learn more about her on the Overwatch site.

As for Blizzard World, it’s a “hybrid Assault/Escort map”. Aw heck, look at this place:

Annnd if you want more lore, Blizzard also blopped a cinematic video delving into Reinhardt’s history and it’s so dull I’m just going to drop this here then leave okay bye.

24 Comments

  1. Mejwell says:

    Pixie? Witch? She’s obviously a dracula. Get your story straight, rock paper shotgun.

  2. R. Totale says:

    What babe?

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    Don Reba says:

    Reminds me of Peter Watts’ writing a bit. I wonder if there’s going to be a free weekend.

  4. mitrovarr says:

    Just another healer to be totally irrelevant in the face of Mercy’s 100% competitive pickrate.

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    Why be so dismissive of a really nicely animated short? It’s not the most original story but when has that ever been true of Blizzard? They play with well-worn tropes and archetypes and put their own cartoony spin on it.

    • Ghostwise says:

      Sometimes, people don’t like things and go “yeah, I didn’t like it”.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        True, but it’s not like anyone is forcing Alice to comment on what she thought of the story. It’s not a Wot I Think (animated edition), it’s news. “Oh and here’s a thing that is dumb and if you enjoy this you are boring and so are the people who made it!”. It’s just unnecessary. Maybe just me, but I don’t think the internet needs more blasé dumping on things that you personally are not interested in.

        • qrter says:

          It’s not like anyone is forcing you to read it, either. Or comment on her commenting. Or agree with her. But hey ho, that’s how it goes.

        • Splyce says:

          Gaming reporting isn’t the AP, though. The only thing that differentiates different outlets are the personality and opinions that permeate their “reporting.” Internet gaming journalism is mostly blogging, anyways.

  6. BooleanBob says:

    Is it just me or is her design… awful? What are those pipes about? That ridiculous quarter-mask?

    The difference between character design in Overwatch and its competitors is usually chasmic. This hero looks like it could have come straight out Battleborn.

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