The next hero to come Monitor 2 is not really new. Players got a glimpse of himan omnic activist known as Ramattra, more than three years ago, after a Surveillance Archive event called Rising storm. This event’s cliffhanger reveal of a menacing Omnic teaming up with the villainous Doomfist finally paid off in the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Friday, when Blizzard Entertainment revealed the new upcoming tank-class character. Surveillance 2 next month.
Ramattra will join the Monitor 2 roster 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 group: Ramattra has two forms, a standard Omnic form and a towering second form , called Nemesis.
In his standard Omnic form, Ramattra fights using a staff that fires projectiles and can create a barrier to protect his team. But when Ramattra slips away, using an ability on a cooldown, he becomes a gigantic brawler capable of powerful melee attacks that will scare the opposing team’s “squishies”. The Overwatch developers have described Ramattra’s transformation as “frightening” and “threatening”, transforming him from a fairly standard sized hero into one of the biggest in the game. This change to his more aggressive Nemesis form makes him deadlier, but it also makes him a much bigger target for attacks like Ana’s Sleep Dart or Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord.
But Ramattra will give tankers new gameplay opportunities, allowing them to choose between protecting their team with longer-range attacks and barriers, or aggressively leading the charge into battle. His punches, in the form of Nemesis, can break through barriers, said lead hero designer Alec Dawson, providing counters to the “bubbles” of heroes like Winston and Zarya.
Blizzard didn’t divulge Ramattra’s ability kit or stats too much during a Thursday press briefing, 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 arms, seeking tranquility alongside Zenyatta. For a time, Ramattra followed this peaceful path before eventually ruling the Null Sector and fighting for the survival of his people by any means necessary.
“The omnics and humans tried to coexist, but as you saw in the lore, it didn’t go over well for them,” said lead narrative designer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie. “Ramattra is tired of waiting and growing impatient. He formed this organization with a few allies to fight for the freedom of the Omnic people and gain their safety at all costs.
As It’s hereit looks like Ramattra will be rolling out for players Going through Monitor 2battle pass. Players who pay for the premium version of this pass will get it immediately, while other players will need to upgrade to the free version of the pass to unlock it. When asked if Blizzard plans to change the required battle pass level – which was 55 for Kiriko – for the Ramattra release, art director Dion Rogers differed, saying the Overwatch team regularly assesses his plans. “It’s a constant conversation for our team,” Rogers said.
Ramattra will arrive in Season 2 with a new map, one that the developers claim has unspecified ties to the new hero. More heroes, including a new support class character, are planned for Monitor 2 in 2023.