Overwatch 2 has a new hero, Lifeweaver. This support hero is described by the development team as a “sci-fi druid” who uses a self-designed mix of nature and tech called Biolight to heal his allies. Despite being a support character, Lifeweaver’s kit focuses on movement rather than healing. His abilities include rejuvenating dash that allows him to zip in and out of danger while healing himself, petal platform that creates pressure-sensitive flower platforms that lift anyone who steps on them high into the air, and Life Grip that lets him pull players out of danger. Lifeweaver’s ultimate ability, Tree of Life, summons a huge tree that sends out pulses of healing energy over time and also acts like a barrier to block line-of-sight.
What makes Lifeweaver unique is his story. He is Overwatch’s first pansexual hero, meaning he is attracted to people regardless of their gender identity. While other queer characters like Tracer and Soldier 76 have had their orientations confirmed outside the game, Lifeweaver will have in-game lines and conversations with other heroes that affirm his sexuality. The developers are also leaning into Lifeweaver’s Thai identity, with the mandala being a signature visual feature of his abilities and clothing, and him speaking Thai for some of his voice lines.
Lifeweaver is meant to be a warm and comforting hero, always ready to extend a helping hand with a smile on his face. Overall, his addition to the Overwatch roster is an exciting development and a step towards better representation for marginalized communities in video games.