New Overwatch developer update details Sojourn abilities, gameplay, and more

Sojourn (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

What you need to know

  • A new official developer update video from Blizzard Entertainment that shows off Sojourn, Overwatch's latest hero, has released.
  • The update shows off Sojourn's gameplay abilities, which include a Railgun that can be used for both rapid-fire shooting and sniping, a powerful slide that can be cancelled into a high jump, an energy field that slows and damages enemies, and an Ultimate that auto-charges her Railgun, allowing her to fire multiple high-damage sniper shots in succession.
  • The update also focused on Sojourn's backstory as a former member of Overwatch, and it confirmed that a Sojourn cinematic is in the works as well.

Ahead of the start of the first Overwatch 2 beta on April 26, the game's developers have released a new developer update video that details everything players need to know about Sojourn, the latest hero coming to Overwatch. This includes her abilities, gameplay footage of the hero, and details about her design and story background.

In terms of what her role is and what she's capable of, Sojourn is a damage hero that primarily utilizes her Railgun weapon to deal damage to her opponents. The Railgun's primary fire shoots rapid-fire projectiles that build up the weapon's energy, while the Railgun's alternate fire allows Sojourn to shoot a single high-damage beam once the weapon is fully charged. Sojourn also has access to a special Power Slide that allows her to slide in any direction (while still firing), and players have the option of cancelling this slide into a high jump for vertical mobility by jumping. Another one of Sojourn's abilities is the Disruptor Shot, which allows her to create an energy field that both slows and damages enemies caught within it. Finally, Sojourn's Overclock Ultimate ability makes her Railgun auto-charge itself for a period of time, letting her fire multiple high-powered shots in succession.

The developers also focused on Sojourn's backstory, revealing that she used to be a commander for the forces of Overwatch alongside Jack Morrison (Soldier: 76). When Overwatch was forced to disband by the United Nations, Sojourn chose to retire in her home in Toronto, Canada. However, Overwatch Narrative Designer Miranda Moyer stated in the update that "Overwatch heroes and retirement don't necessarily agree with one another," hinting that we may see Sojourn return to the currently-reforming Overwatch faction during the events of the Overwatch 2 campaign. Moyer also confirmed that there's a cinematic centered around Sojourn currently in development.

If you'd like to get your hands on Sojourn as early as possible, you'll need to sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta. Along with Sojourn, the first beta for Overwatch 2 will also feature the swap to a 5v5 PvP format, the Push game mode, a test run of the game's new Ping System, four new maps, and hero reworks for Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, and Sombra. Note that you'll need to own a copy of the original Overwatch on PC in order to participate in the beta, though Blizzard has confirmed that it has plans to invite console players to future betas.

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