Rumours had been circling for a while over the identity of hero #27 for Overwatch
. Teases posted on the game's Twitter account had led players to believe that the next hero would be Brigitte Lindholm, with a teaser image of a Swedish weapon
and an after-action report
that referenced her father Torbjörn Lindholm and godfather Reinhardt Wilhelm. Well, it turns out those rumours were true. Overwatch
's director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that Brigitte will be the game's next hero and she has now been detailed in full.
Brigitte is a 28-year-old engineer from Gothenburg, Sweden. She's the youngest daughter of Torbjörn, but was the first of his offspring to become interested in mechanical engineering. Taught by her father, she showed potential to follow in his footsteps, although her specialisation is in armor and defensive systems. However, godfather Reinhardt was also a big influence in her life, telling her all about heroes and chivalry. When he retired and Overwatch fell, Reinhardt became a knight-errant aiming to restore justice. Brigitte joined him as his squire, her main responsibilities being to maintain his armour and even look after Reinhardt himself. Eventually she became a hero herself, fighting alongside Reinhardt and others in a bid to protect them. Have a look at her origin story below:
As mentioned above, her main role is as a Support+ character and she has a 1-star difficulty. Her abilities are below, followed by the latest developer update where Jeff Kaplan goes into detail on her back story, abilities, and overall strategy.
Brigitte's melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armor instead.
Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.
Brigitte is currently available on the game's Public Test Region on PC. There is no date yet for her availability on consoles.Check out our The Best Xbox First Person Shooters Available in 2018 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.