Overwatch: New Hero Brigitte Release Date

Brigitte Lindholm, the daughter of Torbjörn, comes to Overwatch in March.

Brigitte Lindholm is the 27th playable Overwatch hero. She is coming to the game on March 20.

The video above explains how Brigitte Lindholm fits into the mythology of Overwatch. In case you haven’t heard, she is the daughter of existing Overwatch hero Torbjörn and seems determined to forge her own destiny as both an inventor and a soldier. In fact, an update from Blizzard states that Brigitte originally served as Reindhardt’s squire and helped him to keep his armor together on missions. Eventually, though, she decided that she needed to learn to fight. 

As for how Brigitte will fit into Overwatch‘s gameplay, it sounds like she’s going to be classified as a support character. However, Overwatch‘s Jeff Kaplan notes that she also serves a kind of tank role. That’s a hybrid we haven’t really seen before outside of Zarya, but it makes a lot more sense when you take a look at Brigitte’s abilities. 

Speaking of which, Brigitte’s main attack is a melee move called Rocket Flail that allows her to swing her ball and chain hammer and hit multiple targets. She can also utilize an ability called Whip Shot which allows her to cover long distances and knock away any enemies that she may hit along the way. Brigitte also comes equipped with a shield that is mainly used to protect just her, but it can supposedly cover a smaller character directly behind you. On top of that, she can use that shield to bash any enemies and temporarily stun them. That should be great for those annoying flankers. 

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But what makes Brigitte a support character? Well, she’s able to throw repair packs that not only heal an ally but can overheal them in the form of armor. In other words, if the hero you are healing is at full health, they’ll receive armor instead. Brigitte’s ultimate, called Rally, allows her to move much faster than normal and provides nearby teammates with a substantial armor boost that lasts until its depleted by the enemy. 

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It sounds like Brigitte will be able to take care of herself, but perhaps won’t be able to pump out as much damage as fellow support characters Zenyatta and Moira. However, we’ll have to play her ourselves before concluding if that is the case. 

Below, you can find a full list of her abilities:

Rocket Flail – Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.

Repair Pack – Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armor instead.

Whip Shot – Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.

Barrier Shield – Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.

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Shield Bash – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.

Inspire – When Brigitte hits enemies with her flail, she also heals nearby allies over time.

Rally – Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.