It’s finally happened: Doomfist has arrived on the Overwatch Public Test Realm. But, there’s a bit of letdown that comes along with this bit of news.
After teasing Doomfist earlier this week, Overwatch players who hop on the game’s PTR can now get their hands on the long-rumored and teased-to-death Akande Ogundimu.
Doomfist is the latest hero to be added to the game, and he will hopefully be a hit with those who prefer to play offensively. He is decked with cybernetics and uses a rather formidable looking Hand Cannon for ranged battles, when he’s not punching enemies in the face.
Everything you need to know about Doomfist, from his background to his abilities in Overwatch, can be found below straight from Blizzard. Also, game director Jeff Kaplan discusses all sorts of Doomfist-related goodness in the developer video.
- Role: Offense
- Difficulty: Three Stars
- Overview: Doomfist’s cybernetics make him a highly-mobile, powerful frontline fighter. In addition to dealing ranged damage with his Hand Cannon, Doomfist can slam the ground, knock enemies into the air and off balance, or charge into the fray with his Rocket Punch. When facing a tightly packed group, Doomfist leaps out of view, then crashes down to earth with a spectacular Meteor Strike.
- Hand Cannon – Doomfist fires a short-range burst from the knuckles of his fist. Its ammunition is automatically regenerated over a short time.
- Seismic Slam – Doomfist leaps forward and smashes into the ground, knocking nearby enemies toward him.
- Rising Uppercut – Doomfist uppercuts enemies in front of him into the air.
- Rocket Punch – After charging up, Doomfist lunges forward and knocks an enemy back, dealing additional damage if they impact a wall.
- The Best Defense… – Doomfist generates temporary personal shields when he deals ability damage.
- Meteor Strike – Doomfist leaps into the sky, then crashes to the ground, dealing significant damage.
- Real Name: Akande Ogundimu
- Age: 45
- Occupation: Mercenary
- Base of Operations: Oyo, Nigeria
- Affiliation: Talon
Recently freed from imprisonment, Doomfist is determined to plunge the world into a new conflict that he believes will make humanity stronger.
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. He trained in traditional African fighting styles, including Dambe and Gidigbo, as well as in wrestling and other modern combat systems, incorporating the most effective techniques into his repertoire. Ogundimu competed in tournaments all over the continent, utilizing his intuition and ability to read opponents alongside his tremendous speed and strength.
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 tried to devote himself to his business with the same zeal that he had for fighting, but he found nothing that could fill the void… until he was given a new opportunity by Akinjide Adeyemi, better known to the world as the second Doomfist, the Scourge of Numbani.
Adeyemi offered Ogundimu the chance to fight with him as a mercenary. Initially wary, Ogundimu accepted, and discovered that he now had an arena in which he could unleash his enhanced capabilities. Eventually, Adeyemi brought him into the Talon organization. Talon’s belief that humanity would be made stronger through conflict resonated with Ogundimu’s personal experiences. Moreover, Talon’s power struggles presented a new challenge that allowed him to use his talent in the boardroom along with his cunning as a combatant.
Adeyemi was a useful asset to Talon, but the organization saw far greater potential in Ogundimu, with his intelligence and his ability to inspire as a commander. While Adeyemi was content to profit from raids on Numbani, Ogundimu had a grander vision. This difference in aspiration would lead Ogundimu to kill his teacher and take on the mantle of Doomfist, along with the eponymous gauntlet.
As the new Doomfist, Ogundimu rose high in Talon and helped to orchestrate a conflict that the organization hoped would someday engulf the world. However, before their plan came to fruition, 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.
We haven’t heard anything on why Terry Crews isn’t the voice of Doomfist as everyone had hoped, but if we find something out, we’ll be sure to let you know. TheEpicGuy16 pretty much summed up our feelings on the matter with this tweet:
— Sir Reginald (@TheEpicGuy16) July 6, 2017
Still, the fella who provides the voice for Doomfist sounds rather awesome. According to Blizzard, Doomfist is played by Sahr Ngaujah, who is an an American theater director and actor known for The Signal, Steppin’ (2007) & Money Monster (2016).
Arekkz is currently giving the new hero a go, and once he’s had a a chance to capture some gameplay, we’ll be sure to post it for you.