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Blizzard reveals the new Overwatch hero Echo and shows the ultimate skill that steals skills

Blizzard unveiled Echo as the 32nd hero of Overwatch with a unique ultimate ability that is already causing both excitement and concern.

Echo is the creation of robotics expert Mina Liao, one of the founding members of Overwatch. The robot was first seen in the animated short film Reunion with McCree and Ashe at BlizzCon 2018 and again in the Overwatch 2 trailer at BlizzCon 2019.

Echo's capabilities have been described in a developer update hosted by Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan.

Echo's main attack is the tri-shot, which fires three shots at a time, while its secondary attack is Sticky Bombs, which launches small bombs that attach to opponents and explode after a short delay. Sticky Bombs is similar to the Bomblet Gun, which was discovered earlier this year as a possible Echo skill.

The Flight skill enables Echo to jump forward quickly and then fly freely, and the Focusing Beam skill, which lasts for a few seconds, does massive damage to enemies with less than half their full health.

Echo's ultimate ability to duplicate allows the robot to copy enemy heroes, including their abilities, with "extremely accelerated" versions of their own ultimate abilities, which can allow Echo to start them a few times before duplication wears off.

Duplicating can lead to interesting situations in games, because it rewards players who know exactly what their team needs and who master several heroes. However, Kaplan admitted that Echo's Ultimate may be weakened if it turns out to be too powerful. This is a good reason why the robot has to spend time in the Overwatch Public Test Region [PTR].

The last Overwatch hero

It remains to be seen when Echo will be officially added to the main game, but is expected to be the last hero to be released for Overwatch as Blizzard focuses its work on Overwatch 2.

"We don't yet know when Overwatch 2 will be released, but since Echo will be the last hero for the basic Overwatch game, we don't expect the game to take years to see the light of day," Kaplan said towards IGN Nordic.

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