Overwatch released their latest hero Orisa on both PC and console on public servers today. Orisa is a centaurion mech designed to be an alternative choice for playing Reinhardt, the only other “anchor tank” in the game. In other words, she can take a lot of damage before dying and help inch her team forward in the battle. According to Overwatch lore, Orisa is a OR15 public security droid that was modified and upgraded by a brilliant 11-year-old African prodigy named Efi Oladele. Efi, a certified genius, reprogrammed a decommissioned OR15 unit, which she purchased with grant money, with useful new functionality and artificial intelligence.
While Orisa is technically an omnic robot and therefore genderless, she is referred to with female pronouns. So far, every new character to come out for Overwatch has been female making the current ratio 11:24 female. It will be interesting to see how the community reacts to another herione now that almost half of the Overwatch roster is represented by women. As we’ve seen already, many male players feel immasculated when choosing a female hero. I, for one, welcome newcomer Orisa with open mechanical arms.
Overwatch won our 2016 Game of the Year and shows no signs in slowing down in terms of updates and popularity. We look forward to seeing Blizzard’s next big update.