The new hero ‘Echo’ is now available on the main Overwatch servers

Overwatch is also launching a new Competitive Mode and more.

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Announced back in March, the 32nd hero Echo is now available on the main Overwatch servers. Echo is a new damage type hero, and she’s playable now in the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch versions of Overwatch.

As revealed in her origin story video, Echo is an omnic created by Dr. Mina Liao, one of the founding members of Overwatch, and also one of original creators of the omnics. While Liao has seemingly passed away, Echo has her creators voice and demeanor.

Here are Echo’s abilities in-game:


Echo fires 3 shots at once, in a triangle pattern.

RMBSticky Bombs 

Echo fires a volley of sticky bombs that detonate after a delay.


Echo surges forward quickly, then can fly freely.

E abilityFocusing Beam 

Echo channels a beam for a few seconds, dealing very high damage to targets with less than half health.


Echo can glide while falling.

Ultimate abilityDuplicate 

Echo duplicates a targeted enemy hero and gains use of their abilities

Alongside the release of Echo, Blizzard also implemented a couple of new features and changes in the update. The biggest new features is the launch of Competitive Open Queue in the Arcade. This game-mode will use standard Competitive Play Rules, but will have no role restrictions.

The new update also implements a unified Hero Pool to more closely match the Overwatch League. Basically, heroes with highest play rates will be removed from the Competitive Play queue every week. Finally, the new update will now retire map pools; instead, Competitive Mode will now include all maps excluding Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony.

For more info on the changes, visit the Overwatch website.