Overwatch announces a pansexual Thai hero with ‘plant-based’ powers

Photo: Blizzard Entertainment
Photo: Blizzard Entertainment

Thailand is about to be represented in a massively popular online game with a Thai hero who just happens to also be a “plant-based pansexual.”

Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch 2’s 37th character will be Niran Pruksamanee, aka Lifeweaver, who is described in reports as a celebration of Thai culture and is shown holding a lotus flower in a character portrait.

It’s believed the playable support character for the squad-based FPS will be released next week to coincide with the Thai New Year festival of Songkran, with a trailer expected to drop tomorrow.

He is described as using a power called Biolight to heal teammates and build structures such as platforms to carry players to higher ground. His “Tree of Life” power creates a big tree that heals and protects the squad.

It isn’t the first time Thailand was represented in the franchise. The original Overwatch added a map in February 2018 that took place in Ayutthaya to celebrate Lunar New Year.

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