Overwatch's new hero

Georgina Howlett gives us the backstory and gameplay details of Overwatch's latest hero.

Georgina Howlett
11th March 2019
Image Credit: IGDB

The origin story video for Overwatch’s 30th hero, Baptiste, was recently released online by Blizzard Entertainment – and if you dare watch it, be sure to bring some tissues.

Baptiste’s backstory is an emotional one, driven by his desperation to survive and fear of being left behind; orphaned during the Omnic Crisis, he did whatever he had to do to survive, including stealing, fighting, and – against all his core principles – killing, both as part of the Caribbean Coalition’s special ops and as an elite Talon operative.

Having abandoned Talon, disgusted at the choices he made, Baptiste now works to improve the lives of those who have been impacted by war, aiding in humanitarian efforts around the globe wherever he can.

If you’ve ever wanted to play a Support character but also go toe-to-toe with the best of ‘em, Baptiste seems a viable choice going forward

With a three-star difficulty rating in-game, Baptiste looks to be a new and diverse Support character with a lot of potential for shaking up the meta. His primary weapon is his three-round biotic launcher, which in the right hands, deals significant damage to enemies whilst also healing allies.

Baptiste’s range of abilities appear incredibly flexible, too; his regenerative burst heals himself and allies over time, his immortality field ensures that “heroes never die!” (until the generator is either destroyed or expires), his amplification matrix doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that enter it, and his Exo boots allow him to jump higher and further for great manoeuvrability.

If you’ve ever wanted to play a Support character but also go toe-to-toe with the best of ‘em, Baptiste seems a viable choice going forward. Better yet, he’s playable right now over on Blizzard's PC Public Test Realm (PTR), so if you are interested in giving him a try, you can do so before his public release. Be sure to check out the official Overwatch website, too, for an in-depth insight on Baptiste’s past, abilities, and appearance.

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