Omnic mech unit Orisa is available across the console and PC versions of Overwatch, but not yet ready for competitive play.
Blizzard’s first venture into the competitive FPS world, Overwatch quickly took the world by storm last year, earning the praise of gamers and critics worldwide; the success of the massive 24-character shooter spawned its own E-Sports league, and earned the coveted “Game of the Year” award at Geoff Keighley’s 2016 Game Awards. Developer and publisher Blizzard continues to enhance Overwatch with frequent gameplay updates, and a growing string of free DLC, including new stages, modes, character skins and heroes.
Many hardcore Overwatch fans expected the next DLC character to be the rumored Terry Crews-voiced Doomfist, however Blizzard instead announced Orisa, a modified Omnic peace-keeping robot from Numbani; Orisa is the third DLC character after hacker Sombra and healing-sniper Ana. The centaur-themed mech unit serves as a heavy “tank” support character, equipped with a deployable barrier and a defensive mode that drastically reduces enemy damage.
Orisa is available for all versions of Overwatch, but there’s a slight catch; the new character is strictly limited to “unranked” modes- “Quick Play”, “Arcade” and “Play VS AI”- until next week. The decision to limit Orisa to casual modes was made to give players more time to practice before jumping into the ranked matches of the standard competitive game. She will become available for all modes on 3/28.
Overwatch is available for PC, Xbox One and PS4.