Orisa has been launched on the PTR (Public test realm) officially this month and console players are waiting with baited breath for her to appear on live servers. Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch director, has stated in a post on the official Overwatch website that fans can expect Orisa to arrive later in the month, unlike Sombra and Ana who had few days on the PTR before reaching live servers. ‘Orisa is the sixth tank to join the Overwatch lineup, with her moveset built around putting herself in harm’s way to protect her allies. Using her Fusion Driver, an automatic gun with a decent range to boot, she can lay down sustained covering fire. This is offstet by slower movement when firing and long reload times. Of course, she can use alternate fire, Halt!, to slow any enemies in her sights, getting them on her level’ stated Blizzards’s Jeff Kaplan. He also said to expect balance changes when Orisa hits live servers. Queries were also raised when someone on the Blizzard forum mentioned the Winston buffs. On the PTR many players found that Winston was a powerful enemy against Orisa.

‘I don’t think it would be wise to go around making Winston too powerful before Orisa’s live release’ stated Kaplan. ‘We realise that there is a passion for both characters right now and our main focus is to keep the heroes balanced while making sure Orisa makes a smooth transition from PTR to live servers.’ Since writing, Orisa has been confirmed to arrive on console March 21.

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