Meet Lifeweaver, Overwatch 2's latest support hero, in new gameplay trailer [Update]

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What you need to know

  • Overwatch 2 developer Blizzard has revealed Season 4's new support hero, Lifeweaver.
  • Lifeweaver has a floral outfit and appears to use some sort of flower-based technology, but nothing concrete about the character's abilities and kit are known yet.
  • Based on an image of the character spotted on social media, it's likely that he has some sort of connection to Symmetra.
  • Blizzard says that more information about Lifeweaver will be shared on April 4, well ahead of Season 4's expected April 11 launch.

Update on April 4, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET: Using all of the new details and videos recently released by Blizzard, we've put together a complete Overwatch 2 Lifeweaver hero guide that goes over everything you need to know about his abilities, lore, and more, as well as how you'll be able to unlock him when Season 4 arrives.

Earlier updates and our original story are below.

Update on April 4, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET: Lifeweaver's origin story has also been released, revealed exclusively by Xbox. The video goes over Lifeweaver's past with the Vishkar Corporation and his disdain for the company's obsession with creating a "perfect world," and how he wishes to heal the natural world from the damage inflicted by conflicts like the Omnic Crisis. To that end, he invented bio-light, a unique substance created by blending the healing powers of nature with Vishkar hard-light technology.

We've embedded the video below for easy viewing.

Update on April 4, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET: Blizzard has released a new gameplay trailer for Lifeweaver that shows off his abilities, including a chargeable healing projectile, a ranged attack that shoots volleys of thorns, a "save" ability that allows him to protect a teammate with a shield and pull them to his location, and a throwable flower-shaped platform that moves upwards when a player steps on it. 

Additionally, the trailer also showed his Ultimate, which appears to ne a giant tree that blocks enemy abilities and periodically heals nearby allies.

You can watch the trailer with the embed below. 

Our original story is below.

While we've known that Overwatch 2 Season 4 would add a new support hero to the game for a long time now, developer Blizzard has kept the character's name and design under wraps for several months. Thanks to a new announcement, though, we've learned that the new hero is Lifeweaver.

Lifeweaver's name and design was revealed in a brief Tweet from the official Overwatch 2 Twitter account, with Blizzard confirming that the studio would have more to share about the character on April 4. "Lifeweaver is about to blossom," wrote the developer, alluding to the floral design of the character's outfit. "Learn more tomorrow [April 4] about the all new Support hero arriving in Overwatch 2 Season 4."

Notably, the developers have also scheduled Overwatch 2's official Season 4 trailer to release on April 6 at 8:55 a.m. PT / 11:55 a.m. ET. When this trailer premieres, we'll likely see many (or all) of Lifeweaver's abilities in action.

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Aside from the fact that they're a support and that they'll likely be able to heal their allies in some way as a result, nothing concrete is known about Lifeweaver's abilities or kit. If we had to guess, though, we'd say it likely involves some flower powers based on his design and the budding plant in his hand. As soon as Blizzard shares more, we'll update this article with the latest information.

As for his place in the story and lore of the Overwatch universe, an image spotted online implies that he and Symmetra — another of the game's playable heroes that serves as the Vishkar Corporation's chief hard-light architect — have some sort of connection. Both characters do seem to hover things in their hands in a similar way, too, so it's very possible.

Overwatch 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, PS5, and PS4. Season 4 is expected to go live on April 11, 2023, which is also when Lifeweaver will become available to unlock and play according to Blizzard.

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