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Blizzard introduces Overwatch players to the character they’ll control in the tutorial

Who is Soldier: 76, really?

 

Dennis Scimeca

Internet Culture

Published May 23, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:53 pm CDT

Tomorrow, Blizzard releases Overwatch, its first foray into the world of first-person shooters. Today, it’s time to get to know Soldier: 76, the character you will play during the Overwatch tutorial.

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Soldier: 76’s play style will be familiar to first-person shooter players as an easy way for them to learn the basic rules and mechanics of Overwatch. He makes a good choice as the first hero to let players control when they’re getting used to the controls and learning the ropes.

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The short video released on Monday, Hero, also shows us that the world of Overwatch is not necessarily about traditional good guys and bad guys. Soldier: 76 used to serve with the global security force Overwatch, but when we see him fighting street crime in Dorado, Mexico, he’s more a violent vigilante than a hero fighting the good fight.

Old instincts kick in, however, when a girl’s life is put in jeopardy, and Soldier: 76 has to choose between chasing the bad guys or saving her life.

Overwatch will be released on May 24 for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

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*First Published: May 23, 2016, 9:02 am CDT