After a refreshingly short teaser campaign, Blizzard has lifted the lid on the newest Overwatch hero, Orisa. She’s a big but friendly tank who majors on protective shields and boosts, and promises to be a real pain to play against.

Orisa’s backstory is that she comes from a line of robots that were previously used to protect cities. After an attack by Doomfist, Overwatch’s generic baddie, an 11-year-old scientist takes a wrecked OR15 robot, injects a new personality, and comes up with Orisa.

As you’d expect from a D.Va-sized robot, Orisa is firmly a tank character, with a few supporting abilities. Her primary is a machine gun with good range, with a right-click “graviton charge,” a projectile that can be fired across the map, slowing down enemies in its path and then pulling them towards it when it detonates. Think an inverse verion of Pharah’s knock-away charge: rather than knocking enemies away, it drags them closer.

She can also deploy a protective shield, much like Winston, although it can be selectively placed further away much like Mei’s wall. Finally, her ult is a supercharger that increases damage for allies within line-of-sight, although the supercharger takes damage and can be destroyed.

Overall, Orisa looks like a good defense tank with a strong mix of abilities. It’s refreshing to see a tank with a long-range option to counter some of the other heros that have become too popular. Orisa is playable today on the PTR beta region, with a full launch expected within weeks.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.