At Blizzcon, a new hero was announced for one of Blizzard’s most popular franchises, Overwatch. Her name is Ashe. Armed with a lever action rifle and her omnic homie, B.O.B, the 29th hero is to be released in the next couple months. She is introduced in this McCree short, Reunion, that also features another potential playable character: Echo.
Here is her kit per Overwatch:
Ashe quickly fires her rifle from the hip or uses her weapon’s aim-down sights to line up a high damage shot. She blasts enemies by throwing dynamite, and her coach gun packs enough punch to put some distance between her and her foes. And Ashe is not alone, as she can call on her omnic ally B.O.B., to join the fray when the need arises.
- The Viper – Ashe’s semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots, or she can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot.
- Dynamite – 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.
- Coach Gun – Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backward for added mobility.
- Ultimate: B.O.B. – 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.
While this is exciting and the short was entertaining, the real treasure is the fact that skinny, white females get proper representation with Ashe! We got to chat with a couple cosplayers about the announcement and they were more than happy to express their thoughts:
I feel like Blizzard is finally taking everyone into consideration when making their characters. Prior to this release, we have only had Mercy, Brigitte, Moira, Tracer, and Widowmaker. How are were we ever going to showcase our appreciation for their game when they leave us with little to no options?
I’m honestly just glad we did not get yet ANOTHER strong black female hero or ANOTHER heroic Latinx character. We have way too many of those to the point where it feels like our community is being purposely put on the back burner. Especially with 29 heroes now, it is embarrassing to think animals and robots are almost more represented than our community. Thankfully, Ashe really takes us in a step to a more progressive direction.
Major kudos goes out to Blizzard and Overwatch for letting it be known that they are actively trying to bring representation to their very diverse player demographic, especially in a game where the focus is heroes and villains from all across the globe. We can only hope that one day we’ll get a villainous Mexican.