Overwatch's New Hero Sigma Can Bend Gravity, And His Toes

Overwatch's New Hero Sigma Can Bend Gravity, And His Toes

In the battles of Overwatch, he's a real footsoldier.

The newest villain to join the ranks of Overwatch got a full reveal today. Now we know all about his powers and abilities, and more importantly, his lack of footwear. Sigma, the gravity-bending mad scientist, has got bare feet.

Initial reactions to Sigma seem to think he's an interesting tank character, with some cool potential around his ability to deal with projectiles. But he's also rocking the barefoot look, and it's a little disconcerting.

To reveal the character, Overwatch lead Jeff Kaplan streamed with popular Overwatch streamer Seagull. During the reveal, Seagull asked Kaplan why Sigma isn't wearing any shoes. His reply: "A better question is why does Zenyatta wear shoes." Because Zenyatta knows what it would do to us, Jeff. Zenyatta knows.

Sigma's abilities mostly revolve around his ability to manipulate gravity, launching charges and throwing up barriers to halt incoming fire. He can stop incoming projectiles to convert them into shields, though it doesn't fully absorb the attack like D.Va's Defense Matrix. He can also chuck rocks at foes and, using his ultimate, he can lift up and slam enemies into the ground. It's basically Slam from Mass Effect, which is pretty cool.

Sigma is the 31st hero to join Overwatch, bringing a healthy dose of mad science to the game. His arrival also helps bolster out the tank roster, which will be nice for tank players queuing up in the game's new role queue matchmaking. But hopefully future skins can address the whole foot issue. I'm seriously concerned that in the middle of a war-torn battlefield, he's going to step on something and get an infection. For a scientist, it's pretty unsanitary.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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