Now that Echo's been put through the paces on the PC's Public Test Realm, it's nearly time for her to officially join Overwatch. On Tuesday, April 14, she'll be added to Overwatch's regular servers on all platforms, becoming the game's 32nd hero and its latest Damage role character.
Blizzard announced Echo's formal arrival via Twitter. She was first added to the PC Test Realm in mid-March, revealing her unique triangle-fire primary weapon, her secondary abilities, and her wild Ultimate that lets her copy the ability sets of any Hero on the enemy team. Now, she'll be bringing those powers to the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch as well.
Echo got her origin story short when she was first revealed as Overwatch's next hero, but her roots in Overwatch lore go all the way back to 2018's "Reunion" short. Her second appearance was in the cinematic reveal for Overwatch 2—as explained back at BlizzCon 2019, all the current playable Overwatch characters will be carried over to Overwatch 2, and owners of the original game will be able to enjoy all the sequel's new PvP content, just not the PvE.
Game director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that Echo is the last new Hero being added to Overwatch until the release of Overwatch 2. So far, Blizzard hasn't said anything about when we can expect the sequel to come out.
It's likely that the wait between now and the release of Overwatch 2 will be longer than the average wait for a new Overwatch hero. Even if it's only as long as the wait between the additions of Sigma and Echo, we're looking at about eight months to go.