Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Doomfist, the latest hero to join the Overwatch lineup, is now love on the PTR (Public Test Realm). One of the most anticipated heroes to join the game, Doomfist’s cybernetics make hi a highly-mobile and powerful frontline fighter. He can do ranged damage with his Hand Cannon, slam the ground knocking enemies into the air or charge into a crowd with his Rocket Punch. And for big AoE damage, he can leap out of view only to crash back down with Meteor Strike.
Doomfist has been wondered about since the very first animated introduction to the Overwatch universe as Tracer and Winston fought Widowmaker and Reaper for Doomfists gauntlet. There had been a lot of speculation in the past that the character was being set up for introduction and Terry Crews was rumored to be involved as the voice, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Akande Ogundimu was born into a well-regarded Nigerian family, heir to its prosthetic-technology company. A highly intelligent and charismatic figure, Ogundimu helped to expand his family’s business and position it for the future while dedicating his free time to his first love: competitive martial arts. But when he lost his right arm in the aftermath of the Omnic Crisis, it seemed his martial arts career was finished before he had reached his prime. His company’s cybernetic prosthetics allowed him to recover from his injuries, even making him stronger, but these enhancements rendered him ineligible for competition. He was recruited by Akinjide Adeyemi, better known to the world as the second Doomfist, the Scourge of Numbani, and eventually brought into the Talon organization. Aspiration would lead Ogundimu to kill his teacher and take on the mantle of Doomfist, along with the eponymous gauntlet. Ogundimu was defeated and captured by an Overwatch strike team that included Tracer, Winston, and Genji. He was imprisoned in a maximum-security facility for years, where he waited patiently for events he had incited to play out. Finally, he sensed that the time had come for him to return. He broke out of his prison and recovered Doomfist’s gauntlet in a one-sided battle with Numbani’s newly unveiled OR15 defense robots. Now, he has retaken his place in Talon’s inner council, ready to spark a war that will consume the world once again.
To access the Overwatch PTR, instructions are here. You can see Doomfist’s origin story in the video below. A few more screen shots after the video.