Overwatch’s latest hero, Orisa, will remain a PC exclusive until fixes to the game have been made. Jeff Kaplan, the game’s director, replied directly to a forum post to address the fact that Orisa would be staying in the Public Test Realm (PTR) longer than a new character typically would.
He went on to say Orisa would likely release later this month, and would not be playable in the live game earlier than that. The minor delay comes with changes that affected other heroes, including other tank classes, presumably to help fit the new character into the game’s dynamic:
“We’re getting great feedback and fixing a lot of issues. I know this feels a little longer than other PTR periods, but we think it will be for the better.”
Appearing to be somewhat of a Frankenstein in terms of ability choice, Orisa is essentially a giant spider robot guardian, her skillset sharing close similarities with a few other characters in the game, but toning each ability down in order to not just seem a complete hybrid.
This extended wait might reflect the way Blizzard is balancing the latest hero against the 23 others in the roster, but is nonetheless is leaving console fans wanting. The last character to be released, Sombra, took roughly a week to be released onto the live servers from the PTR, which is understandably leaving some of the console crowd slightly frustrated.
While PC gamers get to try out the latest that Overwatch has to offer, console players will have to wait that little bit longer to get their hands on Orisa.