Earlier this week, we caught up with the Overwatch 2 team to discuss what they have in store for the game’s official launch next month on October 4, 2022. One of the most exciting announcements to come out of this session was introducing a new hero, Kiriko, described by art director Dion Rogers as a ‘support ninja’.
Kiriko’s character design draws on the concept of the traditional Miko, a Japanese shrine maiden, but also the concept of a ninja. According to narrative designer Kyungseo Min, she learned healing abilities from her grandmother and how to be a badass fighter from her mother, who also trained the Shimada brothers, Genji and Hanzo. As the guardian of Kanezaka, Kiriko bridges these two polar sensibilities together in her support role on the battlefield, providing healing buffs with her Ofuda and ranged damage (including crit. hits) using her kunai.
Developers have said that Kiriko was specifically designed to embody the spirit of the new 5v5 Overwatch gameplay. With her offense-driven support build, players are encouraged to embrace the fast-paced nature of the battle and to face the challenge head-on with a sense of power and confidence without feeling unbalanced or OP.
You can check out the details of her abilities below:
Overwatch 2 is free-to-play and launches on October 4, 2022, via Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5 and PC via Battlenet. You can purchase the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack for $59.95 to receive immediate access to Overwatch: Legendary Edition as well as a Season 1 Premium Battlepass, 2 legendary hero skins, 2000 VC and an exclusive player icon for Overwatch 2 on launch day. To learn more about the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass, check out our deep dive here.