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Overwatch’s Soldier: 76 looks like the most traditional FPS character yet

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Soldier 76

When I first got wind of Overwatch, I honestly didn’t pay much attention. Another pewpewpew title? No thanks! The more I read up on and saw what the characters were capable of however, the more excited I was to dive into Blizzard’s team-based shooter. They have spent the last few weeks showcasing the game’s 14 heroes and their various abilities by means of gameplay videos.

Once they reached the end of the list (with Zarya), I was convinced we would be getting an actual date for the beta. Apparently not, because they’re too busy adding new characters to the already lengthy roster…


The latest addition is Soldier: 76. Here’s his introduction video and bio:

Real Name: Unknown (actually it’s Jack Morrison)
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Vigilante
Base of Operations: Unknown
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Soldier: 76’s identity is meant to be a complete mystery, except Blizzard have gone ahead and leaked everything about him. You can read this lengthy story here, or you can watch this video instead:


To me, Soldier: 76 looks like a traditional FPS character bought into a more modern setting. He is a complete package, capable of both offense and support. Here’s what he can do:

Armed with cutting-edge weaponry, including an experimental pulse rifle that’s also capable of firing spirals of high-powered Helix Rockets, Soldier: 76 demonstrates the speed and support know-how of a highly trained military warrior. And when he has an objective in his sights, his target-tracking Tactical Visor ensures he makes the shot every time.

Heavy Pulse Rifle

Soldier: 76’s rifle remains particularly steady while unloading fully-automatic pulse fire.

Helix Rockets

Tiny rockets spiral out of Soldier: 76’s Pulse Rifle in a single burst. The rockets’ explosion damages enemies in a small radius.


Whether he needs to evade a firefight or get back into one, Soldier: 76 can rush ahead in a burst of speed. His sprint ends if he takes an action other than charging forward.

Biotic Field

Soldier: 76 plants a biotic emitter on the ground. Its energy projection restores health to 76 and any of his squadmates within the field.

Tactical Visor (ultimate ability)

Soldier: 76’s pinpoint targeting visor “locks” his aim on the threat closest to his crosshairs. If an enemy leaves his line of sight, Soldier: 76 can quickly switch to another target.

I’m quite fond of the fact that he has both a rifle and a rocket launcher. What about you? Does Soldier: 76 appeal to you at all? I wonder what other characters Blizzard have up their sleeve.

Oh and with regards to the beta, yes, I know that Blizzard have said it will be coming in the American Fall, but I am hoping for specifics. If you haven’t done so already, you can apply for access right here. I want mine dammit, I want to shoot stuff!

Last Updated: July 8, 2015


  1. Looks a bit overpowered but then all the characters I have seen so far in some way do. Be interesting how they will all mesh together online


    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      July 9, 2015 at 08:08

      One thing that is interesting, is the ability to swap character when you die. It will be nice that if you don’t like a particular character, or your current strategy is not working, you can swap, it will also help with matches being too one sided for an OP team.


      • The Sten

        July 9, 2015 at 09:50

        Isnt this a common feature in all online FPS’s? Team Fortress, Battlefield, COD….and im sure many others.


      • SmurFyZA

        July 9, 2015 at 10:39

        Well TF2 was the same. Worked great!


  2. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    July 9, 2015 at 08:04

    Seems like an awesome character to play as


  3. The Sten

    July 9, 2015 at 09:48

    I have a feeling that all these videos and hype is setting me up for the
    mother of all blue balls when they announce there will be no local
    servers for this.


    • hairyknees

      July 9, 2015 at 13:18

      Ssssh don’t say that 🙁


  4. SmurFyZA

    July 9, 2015 at 10:39

    I literally cannot wait for this game! Blizzard gief release date details now


  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    July 9, 2015 at 11:27

    10/10 will try it out, but I am seriously just waiting for Blizzard to release a new game 🙁


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