A Look At Overwatch 2’s Kitsune-Guided Character, Kiriko, And Her Origin Story

"You can't change the world by following all the rules.”

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By Aspen Pash, News Editor September 21, 2022
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Overwatch Kiriko

Overwatch 2 has introduced a few new faces to its roster with the upcoming release on October 4. One new character that has gained a bit of traction is the Kitsune-guided Kiriko, a support hero whose playstyle bridges together both modern and traditional values as a hybrid healer who can also do some damage with the help of her handy kunai.

Kiriko was created with a 5v5 playstyle in mind, as she is high mobility and a single target healer. While not the easiest character to pick up, the game devs believe that a lot of experienced Overwatch players will have a lot of fun with her kit.

To go a little into her kit, Kiriko uses healing ofuda–paper talismans imbued with the power to heal her teammates. While the talismans are a bit slow as they catch and drift on the wind, if timed properly, they can deliver an impactful heal just when a player needs it the most. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Kiriko’s kunai deal quick, critical damage to opponents.

“Our goal with her story was to celebrate the powerful women on our roster,” Narrative Designer Kyungseo Min explains. “Kiriko is a strong human with strong values and convictions.” Players who would like to learn more about the character can check out Kiriko’s Origin story or even hear from the devs for a first look at Kiriko’s concept and playstyle.

Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.

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Aspen Pash
Aspen Pash, News Editor
Aspen is an avid gamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.

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