Surveillance is a game that has stood the test of time, enjoying consistent success and a loyal player base since its initial release in 2016. The team-oriented, tight-goal based gameplay has seen the First-person shooter has excelled at the forefront of gaming discourse many times over the years. Ultimately, there are many more factors the game has to thank for its popularity.
The cast of unique characters that are available to play in Surveillance is the cornerstone of the game’s personality, influence, engagement and replayability. Besides the difference in combat abilities and gameplay that these playable heroes bring, it’s also the range of representation that they provide that works so well.
North America is represented by a fairly high number of playable heroes in the game, being the second continent in terms of representation within Surveillance. Predictably, many of the game’s iconic heroes hail from the United States. Ashe and the newly named Cassidy trace their roots to the United States, representing the South with their “Wild West” style aesthetic and personalities. Reaper and Soldier 76 also represent the United States, although in a much looser and less on-the-nose way.
North American representation is not limited to the United States, however, with Baptiste hailing from the island of Haiti. On top of that, the damage-dealing Sombra represents North America with its origins in Mexico.
Africa is a continent that also receives a fair amount of significant representation within the diverse cast of Surveillance. Of all the African countries, Egypt is the most represented, Ana and Pharah being of Egyptian origin. Pharah, in particular, represents Egypt quite aptly, with her hair held back by traditional gold bands and an Eye of Horus tattoo on her face. Doomfist also represents Africa with his Nigerian roots, as well as Orisa technically representing Africa by coming from the fictional game town of Numbani.
South America, while being represented, is unfortunately the least represented continent within the distribution of Surveillance. The only hero to represent South America is musical-minded support class Lucio, who has his roots in Brazil.
Although not in a precise traditional or cultural sense, Australia is technically represented by the heroes of Surveillance. Junkrat and Roadhog are both of Australian descent, Australia being a broken country and relatively lawless for most within Surveillance traditions. Junkrat and Roadhog represent Australia in a Mad Max way, thanks to their “dieselpunk” aesthetics and personalities.
Asia is quite well represented within the Surveillance cast. The resourceful D.VA is of South Korean descent, with Hanzo and Genji hailing from Japan and representing the country with their traditional weapon choices. The icy Mei is also among the heroes who represent Asia, her origins dating back to China. The damage-focused Symmetra is also representative of the wider Asian continent, being of Indian origin.
Europe is by far the most represented continent among the Surveillance hero. Brigitte and Torbjorn are both of Swedish descent, while the iconic healer Mercy is of Swiss descent. The Reinhardt cross tank is of historic German origin, with the more recently implemented Sigma tank being Dutch.
The time-bending Tracer is the only British hero with her English lineage, while the ranged Widowmaker is of French descent and birth. The tank woman Zarya is the last European represented within Surveillanceoriginally from Russia.
Surveillance is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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