After years of ready for an replace, we lastly know what precisely Overwatch’s thirty third playable character, Sojourn, can do–and why her launch has taken so lengthy.
Vivian “Sojourn” Chase, Overwatch’s first feminine Black Canadian hero, was teased again in 2016 in the course of the second Overwatch animated brief “Recall.” Sojourn was posed as an unique member of the Overwatch strike workforce earlier than it obtained disbanded following the Omnic Crisis. Fans obtained their first glimpse of Sojourn on Winston’s monitor when he used his AI-computer to ship a name out to different Overwatch members to affix his trigger. Although Overwatch garnered a fame of getting a large forged of characters, akin to an enormous gorilla armed with a Tesla coil and hamster who pilots a mech ball, the stark absence of a Black feminine character (Orisa doesn’t rely) was felt, particularly amongst Black followers. After six years of ready, an Overwatch trailer gave us a take a look at how she performs in Overwatch 2.
Sojourn is a injury character who doubles as each a hitscan character who can shoot her enemies immediately, and a projectile character along with her major and secondary weapons. Like Soldier 76, Sojourn has excessive mobility, using a Tom Cruise-esque Mission Impossible 2 energy slide to maneuver round enemies and underneath shields. The Overwatch devs described Sojourn’s final, Overclock, as if “Genji’s Dragon Blade capability used a gun as an alternative of a sword.” As somebody who’s been on the receiving finish of many dragon blades, they don’t appear incorrect. Overclock takes a web page out of Jill Valentine’s e-book by blasting out a robust beam from her railgun.
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While all of this data is all properly and good, I couldn’t assist however take a look at my calendar and surprise why the hell it’s taken so lengthy for us to get a crumb, nay a morsel of details about Sojourn. This frustration wasn’t misplaced on Overwatch’s former director Jeff Kaplan, who addressed followers’ frustration throughout Blizzcon 2019. At the time, he mentioned her sluggish rollout was because of her taking part in a bigger half in Overwatch 2.
“I personally really feel like the appropriate factor to do by the character remains to be ship on that story and never simply rush her out as a result of the group is upset with us,” Kaplan mentioned in a 2019 interview with Kotaku. “The actual worth of Overwatch inclusivity is the concept that we’re open-minded, that we wish everyone to really feel welcome into the universe, and the results of that’s range. I’d hate for the variety to ever really feel pandering, like we simply had this spreadsheet with a bunch of checkboxes.”
Three years later, this similar sentiment was echoed by the present Overwatch workforce in an unique interview with The Verge. In the interview, the devs doubled down on shedding some gentle as to why her launch has moved at a glacial tempo.
According to Verge, the explanation why Sojourn’s launch has taken so lengthy is two-fold: she performs a major position within the bigger Overwatch story, and so they didn’t need the primary Black feminine character’s debut to really feel trivial.
“We created this timeline, and we needed Sojourn — particularly since she’s the primary Black feminine character of the sport — to not simply be a random addition to the sport,” Dion Rogers, Overwatch 2’s artwork director instructed Verge.
In the previous, new characters like Brigitte served to steadiness gameplay metas. When fast heroes like Genji and Tracer proved to be an issue, her protect bash stun was the answer. The devs went on to explain Sojourn in the same problem-solving trend, as an approachable character for newer gamers who additionally has a excessive ability ceiling for these pro-Overwatch League hopefuls.
“It was thrilling to observe professional gamers experiment with Sojourn in the course of the alpha and see all of the methods her equipment can flip the tides of a workforce battle,” aggressive operations lead Brad Ross instructed The Verge. “While the meta and workforce methods will assuredly be fluid all through the season, our prediction is that Sojourn’s presence in OWL might be felt shortly.”
While Sojourn’s gameplay seems like a dope meshing of Zarya’s power, Soldier 76’s maneuverability, and Baptiste’s versatility, her design is not any slouch both. Aside from her courageous trend option to put on shorts within the winter time, (our Canadian kin would possibly get down like that however we don’t do this right here within the States), her glossy cybernetic design and precise Black hair texture is great. Sojourn’s designers instructed The Verge that her look was impressed by Angela Bassett’s poise and Serena Williams’ energy and velocity.
I for one can’t wait to lastly have a brand new predominant character that’s an assault character. After my 236 hours within the trenches of Overwatch taking part in as a ceaselessly Mercy/Moira healer predominant, it’s what I deserve.
Overwatch 2 is slated to launch someday in 2023.