The next hero to come in Overwatch 2 it’s not exactly new. Players caught a glimpse of him, an Omnic activist known as Ramattra, more than three years ago at the conclusion of a Overwatch Archives event called Storm Rising. That event’s cliffhanger reveal of a menacing Omnic teaming up with the villainous Doomfist finally paid off on Friday at the Overwatch League Grand Finals, when Blizzard Entertainment revealed the new tank-class character coming to Overwatch 2 next month.
Ramattra will join him Overwatch 2 list on December 6, debuting alongside the game’s second season. He will be the game’s 11th tank character and will bring a unique mechanic to the tank pool: Ramattra has two forms, a standard Omnic form and a second large form, called Nemesis.
In his standard Omnic form, Ramattra fights using a staff that shoots projectiles and can create a barrier to protect his team. But when Ramattra comes out, using a pacify ability, he becomes a giant brawler capable of powerful melee attacks that will squish fear into the opposing team. The Overwatch developers described Ramattra’s transformation as “frightening” and “menacing,” turning him from a fairly standard-sized hero into one of the game’s biggest. This change to his more aggressive Nemesis form makes him more lethal, but also makes him a much bigger target for attacks like Ana’s Sleep Arrow or Zenyatta’s Brawl Orb.
But Ramattra will offer tank players new gameplay options, letting them decide between defending their team with longer-range attacks and barriers, or aggressively leading the charge into battle. His punches, while in Nemesis form, can penetrate barriers, said lead hero designer Alec Dawson, providing counters for “bubbles” from heroes like Winston and Zarya.
Blizzard didn’t reveal much about Ramattra’s skill set or stats during a press conference Thursday, and instead focused on Omnic’s narrative place in the Overwatch world.
According to Blizzard’s official origin story, Ramattra was built as a war machine for the Omnic Crisis, but he laid down his weapons, seeking peace alongside Zenyatta. For a time, Ramattra followed that peaceful path before eventually ruling Null Sector and fighting for the survival of his people by any means necessary.
“Omnics and humans have been trying to coexist, but as you’ve seen in the story, it hasn’t gone well for them,” said lead narrative designer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie. “Ramattra is tired of waiting and has become impatient. He has formed this organization with several allies to fight for the freedom of the omnic people and gain their safety at any cost.”
Like Kiriko, it looks like Ramattra will be distributed to players via Overwatch 2passing the battle. Players who pay for the premium version of that pass will get it immediately, while other players will have to level up the free version of the pass to unlock it. Asked if Blizzard plans to change the required battle pass level — which was 55 for Kiriko — for Ramattra’s release, art director Dion Rogers demurred, saying the Overwatch team is regularly evaluating its plans. “It’s an ongoing conversation for our team,” Rogers said.
Ramattra will arrive in Season 2 along with a new map, one that the developers said has unspecified connections to the new hero. More heroes, including a new support class character, are planned Overwatch 2 in the year 2023.