Blizzard has announced a new Hero for Overwatch at BlizzCon. Elizabeth Caledonia “Calamity” Ashe, a gunslinger and a former friend of McCree, will be joining the Overwatch cast. However, Ashe’s relationship with McCree now looks to be a rather rocky one.
The announcement of Ashe was unveiled shortly after another one of Blizzard’s popular and entertaining Overwatch animated short movies. The short can be viewed below.
As you can see from the video, several other new characters make an appearance in this latest short. These characters were all teased as the next playable Hero, before Overwatch’s lead designer Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Ashe—the leader of the fearsome Deadlock Gang—would in-fact be the latest Hero to join the cast.
One of those new characters; a loyal, metal, robot-type dude with a bowler-hat named B.O.B. will also make an appearance in-game as Ashe’s Ultimate ability. In addition to teasing future Heroes, Jeff Kaplan also described Ashe as a “super-high mechanical skill” character. We’re assuming this means playing as Ashe will have a high skill ceiling. Check out the video below of Ashe in action.
The Blizzard Overwatch page has been updated to include information on Ashe and confirms her role as a damage dealer, with a difficulty level of 2 stars out of 3. Her abilities are as follows:
Ashe’s semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots, or she can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot.
Ashe throws an explosive that detonates after a short delay or immediately when shot. The explosion from Dynamite also lights enemies on fire, dealing damage over time.
Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backwards for added mobility.
Ashe summons her trusted Omnic sidekick, B.O.B., who charges forward and knocks enemies into the air, then lays down suppressing fire with his arm cannons.
No release date was announced for when Ashe would be playable in-game. We will be sure to update you with any more Overwatch news—including that all-important release—as BlizzCon continues into the weekend.