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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Doomfist, the latest (and much-awaited) hero for their popular first person shooter Overwatch, will finally be added to the game proper on July 27, 2017, according to a New Hero Preview video uploaded to the game’s official YouTube channel. This will be the first Doomfist console release as he is brought into the main line up.

Doomfist was originally revealed as a playable character a bit over two weeks ago. The latest Overwatch hero fits in the Offense category of heroes and he possesses a number of punch-based abilities centered around his titular gauntlet. As the New Hero Preview video explains, Doomfist was originally nothing more than a name used in the first big trailer for Overwatch; everything surrounding the design and lore of the character has followed from that.

A number of points were touched on in the video aside from the origin of the character. He possesses a rather Darwinian view of humanity, insisting that the only way that mankind will get stronger is through intense conflict. A lifetime of martial arts expertise and cybernetic augmentation has made him into a fearsome opponent to fight against, and that ferocity is reflected in the game through the character’s flexibility. Much like Genji or Reinhardt, his movement-based abilities can be used to attack enemies, change his positioning, or both. Even his Ultimate Ability, Meteor Strike, has a measure of utility for repositioning the player at a critical moment and finishing with a devastating area of effect attack at the end.

Overwatch’s latest hero has spent the last two weeks being tested and tweaked in a few different ways, most notably with a reduction in the distance traveled with his Rocket Punch ability. Doomfist will be available in Overwatch for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 27, 2017.

What do you think of Doomfist as a character? Do you agree with the balance adjustments that Blizzard Entertainment has made over the course of his time on the PTR? Who do you think the next hero for Overwatch will be? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!