Overwatch was by no means going to remain the best way it’s now for lengthy. The unique 21 – now 24 – heroes received’t preserve everybody occupied, and Blizzard have at all times been upfront that it could develop – and without cost too. With Overwatch’s lore instructed the best way it’s, by way of obscure hints and out-of-game tales, teases come straightforward and sometimes from the large blue. Be it a file buried in some notes on a map, a reputation slipped right into a weblog submit or a long-known character lastly being added as playable, there are at all times hints as to who’s subsequent – and we’ve gathered all of them right here.
For the one who’s subsequent, examine our devoted article on Overwatch Sombra.
First, a notice on launch timing. Characters are launched separately, so do not ever count on to see a number of directly until one thing unusual goes on.
Now, onto the brand new Overwatch heroes. Remember that a few of that is guesswork, rumour-milling and hint-mongering at one of the best of instances, so not all of those will resolve into heroes, if in any respect – the place issues are unlikely, we’ll let you already know. We’re not anticipating to ever see one thing as mad and long-lasting because the Sombra ARG once more, however by no means say by no means.
Doomfist – Unknown
Teased approach again within the unique reveal cinematic for Overwatch, Doomfist is the adopted identify of a number of characters, all utilizing super-powered gauntlets to go about their heroics or villainy. Described by Blizzard’s former story-man Chris Metzen as a generational character, Doomfist is much like the Green Lantern or the Flash in that the time period refers to a set of people that all wielded the identical energy one after the opposite, reasonably than a single particular person who maintained. The first and second Doomfists have been often called the Savior and the Scourge respectively, whereas the third – who it is steered would be the character ultimately added to the sport – is the Successor.
The above screenshot is taken from Numbani, a map the place the payload is considered one of Doomfist’s gauntlets being taken to the museum after having been delivered from Overwatch HQ. This is for an exhibit about which we do not know a lot, past it was celebrating / chronicling the actions of the earlier two Doomfists and the present one. Given their monikers, it could appear that the primary Doomfist was much less villainous than the opposite two. The third is, a minimum of in keeping with the World of Overwatch panel from BlizzCon 2015, threatening Numbani itself.
Beyond that, we do not know a lot about Doomfist or when they may turn out to be playable. They’re as near a singular huge unhealthy as Overwatch has proper now, although there isn’t any affirmation of involvement with the Talon organisation that operates in opposition to Overwatch. According to interviews with the workforce, it was by no means supposed that Doomfist could be put into the highlight, however the builders took a liking for them after the cinematic was made, therefore Doomfist’s prominence on the Numbani map.
There’s additionally been a group push for Doomfist to be voiced by Terry Crews for, nicely, some purpose. Notably, he visited Blizzard campus on the finish of 2016, simply as you’d count on them to be gearing up for brand spanking new character improvement. Keep the It’s Happening gifs to a minimal, however it might be Happening.
Once the second season of animated shorts have fleshed out a couple of origin tales, it’s totally possible Doomfist will turn out to be the main focus of a extra current-day Overwatch storyline. Until then, we’re unlikely to see an in-game model of what, a minimum of for these rumours, is sort of a well-fleshed-out character.
Spider Tank – Unknown
The picture above is a really outdated piece of idea artwork for Overwatch, which we lastly acquired a good have a look at throughout Jeff Kaplan’s DICE discuss in early 2017. In the middle is an odd half-spider, half-woman, laser-spewing baddie who stays the one unidentifiable hero within the piece.
Exactly who or what ‘she’ is hasn’t been confirmed, although Blizzard have dodged any questions on her to this point. While it is most probably that Doomfist is subsequent, she definitely seems unbelievably rad. This outdated Overwatch artwork additionally popped up once more in Kaplan’s discuss:
The girl with the purple wings on the again, beforehand regarded as an outdated design for Pharah, is similar hero, her legs seemingly unfolding from there. Bastion has a number of varieties, so maybe that is one other hero with a number of configurations. Here’s a close-up:
To calm our bonfire a tad, each items of artwork are from as early as 2014, with the second clearly depicting an Overwatch that was far edgier than the model that got here to life. Many recognisable characters may be seen there, however equally masses have been completely modified since this time.
Plenty of the hype for her additionally got here resulting from confusions between leaked Orisa descriptions and the timing of Kaplan’s DICE discuss. Mega-rad as she is, it is potential she hasn’t been part of the forged for a protracted, very long time. With such an enormous presence within the battlescape artwork and her odd aesthetic, it could even be comprehensible if she was extra of an NPC boss than a playable character.
Athena – Support AI
Athena isn’t truly a brand new character, she’s been within the sport for the reason that very first days of the beta. Taking the identical position because the Administrator in Team Fortress 2, Athena is Overwatch’s announcer – letting you already know once you’re about to get into battle, win, lose or kill complete groups.
In the lore she’s the AI that helps to run Overwatch as an organisation, aiding particularly Winston within the creation of his scientific marvels and in restarting Overwatch within the Recall cinematic. She virtually will get hacked by Reaper, however manages to reboot earlier than he can end.
The purpose individuals consider she’ll turn out to be a personality is twofold. First, already being an enormous a part of the sport’s backstory and becoming right into a help position. She’d be a really pure addition to the forged and one that individuals need – effort and keenness Blizzard received’t need to waste.
The second purpose comes right down to extra concrete proof. A monitor is current on the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map that beforehand displayed a message to Winston, however was later modified to be her emblem, seen above. The concept is that she has now moved out of the mainframe and into an actual physique.
It’s additionally been theorised that the assorted full forged photographs launched for the sport through the years, earlier than the primary roster of 21 heroes was locked in, already confirmed her off. A cyclops omnic was in a single shot, within the foreground simply sufficient that it could counsel Blizzard have been assured they might make it in. It additionally featured a really related emblem on its brow to the Athena one seen in-game.
We requested Blizzard immediately about Athena during an interview, however they’d nothing to say about the place she was going – but, anyway.
That similar DICE discuss had this picture of some hero silhouettes, and look who confirmed up:
She’s additionally appeared in an enormous quantity of idea artwork through the years – however not like Spider Tank, continues to seem in newer items, just like the above.
Liao And Another – Unknown, one probably a tank
The most not too long ago hinted at hero and the one with the least quantity of information on the market, Liao was a founding member of Overwatch together with Soldier: 76, Ana Amari and Reaper, amongst others. We don’t have anything however a reputation, sourced from an in-universe post in regards to the organisation itself, and nothing past that’s even hinted at. In Ana’s lore trailer, we did see this picture of the total outdated Overwatch crew:
It’s potential that Liao could possibly be both of the unrecognised characters on the outer edges. Based on the Asian-sounding identify, I might go for the fella myself, leaving the armoured girl as one other new character. Given she seems like a full and complete badass, I might guess on her being the tank, one thing hinted at by the numbers of every class in-game, plus some feedback from Blizzard.
Alejandra – Unknown
This is far more of a guess, however one the group has constructed up a whole lot of proof for. Alejandra and her mom function within the Soldier: 76 animated short Hero. With the main focus that’s placed on the character – much more so than Soldier himself, regardless of the latter truly that includes within the sport already – many felt it was a touch in the direction of a future hero. Some even pointed to Alejandra and Sombra being the identical character, resulting from each having a connection to the Dorado map. While that does not appear to be true (although who is aware of with Sombra’s unreliable tales of her personal previous), Alejandra’s significance hasn’t been downgraded within the minds of some.
The major concern right here is timelines, although Overwatch’s is reasonably confused as it’s. Alejandra’s age is rarely verified, or when the cinematic brief takes place, however the youngest present character is D.Va at 19 – it appears unlikely Blizzard would need to go a lot youthful than that. Of course, having a future model of a personality is not precisely out of the realms of believability both. Her mom, however, would dodge that, although is given considerably much less characterisation in Hero.
If Alejandra is an upcoming hero, she’s most likely a methods off – others have been constructed up far more, and there are less-finished storylines that also have to play out. Her voice actress, Brigitte Kali, said on Twitter throughout the Sombra hype that she “could not say a lot” about future plans with Blizzard. At the time individuals thought that confirmed suspicions as to who Alejandra grew up into, however Sombra’s voice actress is Carolina Ravassa. If she wasn’t simply teasing, it does imply we’ll see extra of her, ultimately.
Others – Various
Then there are the characters that might turn out to be fully-fleshed heroes, however there is not robust proof that they may. These are principally minor characters from maps, comics or animated shorts. Rather than itemizing each single character within the Overwatch expanded universe, we have reduce it right down to ones which have a major sufficient affect on the world or focus placed on them that it is plausible they could make the soar ultimately.
- Timmy & Brian – these are the 2 children from the unique cinematic trailer. They would most likely have to develop up fairly a bit first, although each have proved well-liked with the fanbase and are at present in-game as sprays.
- Rosa – a baby character in Symmetra’s comic who has her face burned badly by the Vishkar Corporation’s violent machinations. She will get simply sufficient screentime to probably be a future trace.
- Sound Quake – Mentioned by Timmy within the first cinematic trailer as utilizing chest missiles, Sound Quake was a villain earlier within the sport’s storyline, combating towards the unique Overwatch workforce.
- Sven – the villain in Torbjörn’s comic, who survives their combat. With Overwatch’s want for villains, and him and Torb clearly having historical past, it is a distinct chance we’ll see extra of Sven sooner or later.
- Brigitte – Reinhardt’s assistant and armour-builder, in addition to buddy, she’s one of many extra totally developed comic-only characters, making it appear possible she’ll pop up once more.
- Hakim – the unseen unhealthy man of Ana’s second comic who had been searching her down. Based on Reaper’s dialogue, it is a high-ranking member of the Talon organisation who’re in reasonably determined want of some extra individuals in-game.
- Gabrielle Adawe – The secretary-general of the UN throughout the begin of the Omnic Crisis who arrange Overwatch and is talked about in one of many pre-release in-universe articles. Given many of the outdated Overwatch workforce has made it to the sport, and the remainder are closely hinted, Gabrielle may additionally make it.
- ‘Greek’ – A leak by a Greek voice actor had the group going mad about the opportunity of an Ilios-based hero. However, he launched a press release saying that it was for background characters. More possible, this means an upcoming brief is ready on the map or within the nation.
That’s everybody Blizzard appear to have beneath the hood for now – extra particulars on them, in addition to the squads of heroes coming afterwards, within the close to future.