Overwatch Brigitte release date – UPDATE 1
There has been no news from Blizzard about when we can officially expect Bridgette to drop into Overwatch.
Though fans are expecting the new hybrid support character to be released next week (possibly on the 20th), Blizzard has been tight-lipped about the character’s eventual console debut.
In the meantime, fans are expressing concern about the new hero’s place in the Overwatch roster.
“Anyone else worried that our new support character isn’t going to fit into the meta?” writes one redditor. “As a Moira/support Main I’m definitely excited to get my hands on Brigette, but the more see her, the more I see her only doing well in very specific team comps on specific maps. Moira was a hero who fit right into the game quickly. How are other people seeing her?”
The responses at least are reassuring, with other Overwatch players stating that Brigette will fit in on the lower end of competitive play, making a good hero for new or amateur players.
Other comments also state that using Brigette, they’ve managed to out-heal other support characters such as Moira and Lucio – so that’s reassuring.
Stay tuned for more news on Brigette’s launch.
Blizzard’s 27th hero – Brigette – has been operational on the Public Test Realm for a while now, and soon she’ll be publically available on consoles, too.
Many players believe that Brigette will drop in fairly soon, and have been using Blizzard’s track record to attempt to predict when we can expect her to arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.
Blizzard hasn’t announced an official release date for the daughter of Torbjorn – but past character releases could hint at when we’ll see her live for everybody.
If you look back to Ana, the sniper was released on the main game one week after she appeared in the PTR.
Sombra, Moira and Orisa then all dropped in about 10 days after they debuted.
Doomfist took about three weeks to migrate from the PTR, releasing on a Thursday then going live on a Thursday.
Knowing Blizzard and its Overwatch updates, you can likely expect Bridgette to also arrive on a Thursday or Tuesday, making Tuesday 20 likely the earliest date you’ll see the support hero run in.
It’s encouraging that Bridgette has already received some updates from Blizzard in the test realm.
Brigitte received her first PTR nerf in the first week she was playable, with Blizzard deciding to tweak some of her weapon timings.
Shield bash has been changed, with an added delay after canceling a melee with rocket flail also included to slow things down and let other players react.
Blizzard has also made her ultimate ability, Rally, cost more to use by around 30%.
Blizzard recently released new cosmetic items for the character on the game’s PTR, and you can see those in the gallery above.
Here’s how Blizzard describes the new hero:
“Brigitte specializes in armor.
“She can throw Repair Packs to heal teammates, or automatically heal nearby allies when she damages foes with her Flail.
“Her Flail is capable of a wide swing to strike multiple targets, or a Whip Shot that stuns an enemy at range. When entering the fray, Barrier Shield provides personal defense while she attacks enemies with Shield Bash.
“Brigitte’s ultimate ability, Rally, gives her a substantial short-term boost of speed and provides long-lasting armor to all her nearby allies.”
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.
SHIELD BASH – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
RALLY – Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.