UPDATE 27/07/2017 8pm: Doomfist is now live! Go forth and punch things!

ORIGINAL STORY 18/07/2017 11.28pm: Overwatch's next free character, Doomfist, will arrive 27th July on all platforms.

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So far he's only been part of the PC version's Public Test Realm, but come next Thursday we'll all have access to the cybernetic anti-hero.

Doomfist, as the name implies, is a melee-centric character prone to slamming into opponents with his colossal mechanical hand. Beyond that, he'll have a short-range hand cannon, a ground pound maneuver, an uppercut punch, and a meteor strike ultimate ability.

Contrary to popular rumours, he will not be played by Terry Crews, who was recently spotted visiting the Blizzard office and expressed a desire to play the part.

Doomfist has been part of Overwatch's lore since the game's very first trailer, where some kid marvels at his bionic arm at a museum. The name "Doomfist" was uttered in awe and it's not like Blizzard was going to not make a playable character called Doomfist once they'd already introduced such a moniker to the world.

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