Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:29pm 20/03/20 | 0 Comments
After a brief tease and severla months of fan speculation the 32nd Hero has finally arrived in Overwatch and yes it's the high-tech artificially intelligent being - Echo. A new Damage-classed attacker that can hover and shoot from her fingertips.
But first, some backstory.
Echo was the creation of Singaporean scientist Dr. Mina Liao, one of the earliest members of Overwatch. Prior to joining the organisation, Dr. Liao was widely considered one of the most prominent experts in robotics and artificial intelligence. Dr. Liao dreamed of improving upon the original omnic designs, which became the basis for the Echo project. She created a multirole, adaptive robot that could be programmed to learn different functions – anything from medical support to construction – but with serious limits to independent decision making. Although Overwatch was wary of just how often and where they used Echo, Liao had actually programmed Echo with a powerful, general artificial intelligence that learned by observation. As a result, much of Liao’s behaviours – including her speech – were adopted by Echo.
A versatile Hero, Echo's playable right now via the Overwatch PTR - here's a breakdown of her abilities. And on that front her Ultimate sounds wild, giving Echo the chance to duplicate a targeted enemy hero and gain full use of their abilities. Video courtesy of Your Overwatch.
Tri-Shot (Primary Fire) Echo fires three shots at once, in a triangle pattern.
Sticky Bombs (Secondary Fire) Echo fires a volley of sticky bombs that detonate after a delay.
Flight (Shift) Echo surges forward quickly, then can fly freely.
Focusing Beam (E) Echo channels a beam for a few seconds, dealing very high damage to targets with less than half health.
Duplicate (Ultimate) Echo duplicates a targeted enemy hero and gains use of their abilities