As part of the Overwatch League Grand Finals, Activision Blizzard revealed the next hero coming to Overwatch 2. Ramattra is an omnic radicalized by the Omnic Crisis – the war that directly led to the creation of Overwatch – and humanity’s mistreatment of his people. However, instead of joining the Agents of Overwatch in their efforts to bring peace to both sides, Ramattra is more interested in enacting his own brand of justice, putting him at odds with the organization.
“Ramattra’s story is complex and multi-faceted, and his ultimate goal is to protect his people — but the cost of that goal has yet to be determined,” Blizzard wrote in the official press release. “Ramatra’s story is one of hardship, trauma and a magnified view of the harsh realities of humanity. Harmony was replaced by discord and Ramatra began to approach his beliefs from a more realistic angle – justifying any means to defend his fellows. Null Sector leader Ramattra boasts incredible support from his people and is ready to impose his philosophies on our world.”
While Blizzard has yet to reveal Ramattra’s full set of abilities, they have confirmed that he will be a tank hero that functions similarly to D.Va. Like D.Va, Ramattra will essentially have two forms: Omnic and Nemesis. In general form, the hero focuses more on performing long-range attacks and protecting his team by creating barriers. However, once his Nemesis mode is activated, the former monk literally becomes a killing machine, able to cut down enemies that are low on health with ease. During a team press conference with Blizzard, the studio stated that Ramattra will work best fighting alongside heroes like Lucio, who can help him with healing and mobility, while Anna, Reinhardt, and heroes with abilities stun can be formidable opponents.
As for Ramattra’s relationships with pre-existing Overwatch 2 characters, lead narrative designer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie revealed that the omnic was once extremely close to Zenyatta. According to Jurgens-Fyhrie, Ramattra is the one who brought Zenyatta to the Shambali monastery the pair once called home, and the two quickly became as close as brothers. However, while Zenyatta chose to focus on creating harmony and finding a way for humans and onmics to coexist, several traumatic experiences in Ramattra’s life led him to choose a different path and sever his relationship with Zenyatta.
The studio also briefly touched on Overwatch 2’s overarching story, revealing that while it can’t explicitly explain what the game’s upcoming PvE mode will look like, “Ramattra is the beginning of answering a bunch of questions related to the ongoing Overwatch story. ” With pan-human relations being one of the main sources of tension in the series, Ramattra could well play a major role as the two factions once again come to a boiling point.
Ramattra is set to launch in Overwatch 2 at the start of Season 2 or on December 6, 2022. Those who purchase the Season 2 premium battle pass will gain access to the character immediately, while those who earn rewards through the free battle pass will have until level 55 to unlock him. When asked if the team had plans to change the level at which new characters would be unlocked following criticism directed at the game’s monetization, the team said they were in “ongoing discussion” but no changes were planned at this time.
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