Overwatch’s next great character isn’t a product of Blizzard’s labs at all but the imagination of a masters student who whipped up a Thai hero named Tara as part of a school project. The result is a 40-page document with concept art and design specs for the hero, her abilities, her outfits, her weapons, and even a Thailand-themed map called Arun Town.
“I created a female character as a support hero,” the student posted on the forums. “Her name is Tara (meaning ‘water’ in Thai). The character’s theme is a fish, a Siamese fighting fish to be specific, and a plaited bamboo fish which is a local product in Thailand.”
In response, Game Director Jeff Kaplan said that the project was “amazing!”
In official Overwatch news, starting on September 27th, permanent bans will begin to be handed out in competitive play. These are aimed at players who have racked up three or more seasonal bans on their accounts.
“Seasonal bans do not need to be consecutive to qualify for a permanent competitive play ban,” the team said. “Additionally, neither seasonal bans nor permanent competitive play bans will decay or reset over time; once an account is permanently banned, it currently cannot return to good standing.”